Thomas Lemar has turned down a contract extension at Monaco to help facilitate a move away from the club in the summer, according to L’Equipe.

Lemar’s future was one of the big talking points of the last summer transfer window.

Despite links to Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona, he ended up staying at Monaco.

He was one of the few key members of their Ligue 1 winning team that stayed.

The 22-year-old could yet be the next to leave, though.

According to the February 6 edition of L’Equipe, Lemar does not want to extend his contract at Monaco as he wants to leave the club.

Lemar LEquipe
L’Equipe, 6/02/2018

They report that he wishes to be in a strong position after this summer’s World Cup.

At that point, he’ll have just two years remaining on his current deal.

The theory is that Monaco would either have to sell while they could still get a big fee or risk of him running down his deal, just as Alexis Sanchez did at Arsenal.

With Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, though, you have to wonder if they’re still interested in Lemar.

They certainly tried to sign him in the summer, but they may have moved on to other targets by now.

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