Monaco will consider offers for Thomas Lemar this summer, with Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly ‘set for a summer transfer battle’ over the young forward.
Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev admitted the club might put Lemar on the market this summer in an interview with French publication Telefoot.
Telefoot asked if Monaco would consider an offer for the 22-year-old, and the vice-president nodded before responding: “Good luck to those who want him.”
The interviewer then followed up by asking if Lemar would be available for £110m. Vasilyev answered that the winger would “cost a lot”.
Most of us are aware of the deadline day saga involving Lemar, Alexis Sanchez and Manchester City last summer. Arsenal had a £92m bid accepted by Monaco, and agreed a £60m deal to sell Sanchez to City. Then it all fell through in the final hours.
Could Arsenal go back for him now?
Lemar isn’t having the most impressive season, with just three goals and eight assists in 33 matches. However, that’s largely because of a couple of disruptive injury problems, and all of Monaco’s player sales last summer.
It’s not so much a reflection on the player’s individual ability and Arsene Wenger will know that.
Realistically though, this saga is unlikely to get very far this summer.
Wenger has already told the media he thinks Arsenal have ‘no need’ to sign any forwards. There are plenty of more important positions to focus on, and I think that’s what will happen.