Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Monaco could sell Thomas Lemar this month, with coach Leonardo Jardim refusing to rule out a move.
Jardim admitted recently that while it wouldn’t be ideal for Lemar to leave in January, it’s a possibility. “We are not used to selling in the winter,” he said. “But the transfer window lasts until the end of the month and many things can happen.”
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with the winger. Fortunately for us, Liverpool have reportedly turned their attention in the direction of Schalke’s Leon Goretzka. At least that’s what Loïc Tanzi from SFR Sport claims.
SFR Sport's @Tanziloic on Thomas Lemar & Arsenal: "He is their priority to replace Alexis Sanchez… Monaco are not totally against the idea of an offer this month, but it would have to be a very big offer… I am told that Liverpool wouldn't make a big offer."
— Get French Football (@GFFN) January 8, 2018
Tanzi also says the Merseyside club aren’t willing to put in a massive bid, which is what it’ll take for Monaco to allow Lemar to leave mid-season. Arsenal stand a great chance of landing the Frenchman if they’re willing to meet the asking price.
Arsenal were close to signing Lemar on the final day of the transfer window. The Gunners saw the France international as the best possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who was set to sign for Manchester City at the time.
Monaco apparently accepted a £92m in August but Lemar, who was actually playing in an international match at the time, passed up the opportunity. Wenger confirmed the deal after the window had shut and revealed Arsenal would return for the winger in the future.
While the boss doesn’t like making big name signings in January, this year might be the exception. At least we hope…
Lemar, who still has until June 2020 on his contract with Monaco, has made 13 Ligue 1 appearances this term, netted two goals and provided four assists.