According to the Telegraph, Manchester City will make a move for Thomas Lemar when the window opens this summer.

Only this week it was reported that Liverpool were in pole position to land the Monaco man this summer, however, on Saturday, Matt Law reported that Pep Guardiola’s side are expected to move for both Lemar and Shakhtar Donetsk’s midfielder, Fred.

Arsenal were unable to get a £90m deal for Lemar over the line last summer due to how late City left it to move for Alexis.

daily telegraph 10 march 2018 city lemar
Daily Telegraph 10 March 2018

That was a deliberate ploy on the Citizens behalf and one that was effective.

By leaving it until the last day of the window to finally submit a bid for Alexis, they left Arsenal in the position of holding on to a player who was seriously unsettled or selling their best player without being able to get a replacement.

As it turned out, it was the former and the ploy cost City Alexis while Arsenal ended up with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, an outcome that was better than anyone at the club would have expected when the summer window shut.

As for Lemar, it’s not even clear if Arsenal are still interested in him at this point although if they were willing to shell out £90m for him less than a year ago it’s probably safe to say they are.

Reports from France claim that Liverpool are pushing hard for a deal but that nothing had been found yet.

Lemar is expected to leave in the summer for the highest bidder according to the Telegraph.

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