Arsenal are still planning to go back in for Thomas Lemar next summer, but Liverpool are still also interested, and Barcelona are now joining the chase.
That’s according to an article in the Mirror, who write that the two clubs are also in the running for Lemar, and the French international is therefore looking for a big-money contract with whichever club wins the battle for his signature.
Arsenal are still confident of completing a deal, according to the report, but this presumably makes things more difficult for the Gunners. Last season, Lemar scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists in 55 games for Monaco from the left-wing.
The 21-year-old hasn’t been able to replicate those same kinds of numbers in the current season, scoring one and assisting three in the 13 matches so far.
Of course, he’s been playing in a very different Monaco side, thanks to a number of high-profile sales over the summer, including fellow attacking players Kylian Mbappé and Bernardo Silva, as well as his partner on the left-hand side Benjamin Mendy.
His goal, and one of his assists, both came in the last two games, so perhaps that’s a sign that things are getting back on track.
How he performs over the rest of the season will surely decide whether Arsenal are willing to bid £90m for him again in June.