According to the Metro and reports from France, Monaco winger Thomas Lemar has decided to put his contract talks with the French champions on hold because of interest from Arsenal and boss Arsene Wenger.
Wenger has always enjoyed a good working relationship with his former club from the principality and that could bear fruit in this case.
A star for Monaco last season
Lemar has understandably attracted the attention of clubs from elsewhere, as he played a key part in Monaco’s sensational campaign. In 51 appearances for the French champions, Lemar scored 14 times and also produced 14 assists.
At just 21 years old he is considered as one of the hottest young players in the European game. The youngster only joined Monaco in 2015 from Caen. However, he has made a big impression in his two campaigns in the principality.
The young winger has made that much of an impact at Monaco that he has won five caps for a star-studded France team.
Monaco willing to sell Lemar
According to the Metro report, Monaco would be willing to sell Lemar for a fee of around £26million this summer, which by today’s crazy inflated prices is not a bad fee. Whether Arsenal’s Mr Economics Arsene Wenger will feel the same is unclear.
The player is believed to be very interested in a move to the north London club, hence his contract talks being put on hold at Monaco. The youngster is obviously trying to keep his options open this summer.
No doubt there other interested parties in Lemar. In fact, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, an international teammate of Lemar, was recently asked about the possibility of the winger joining Spurs and he just smiled and said he could not answer the question.
Tottenham could offer competition to the Gunners to sign the young winger this summer, especially as Mauricio Pochettino’s team can offer Champions League football next season.
Lemar would be an exciting signing
Thomas Lemar is certainly an exciting prospect and having watched him a couple of times for Monaco last season he looks like he would be an exciting addition to the squad, especially if either Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil leaves.
Lemar is the sort player Wenger signed in the past and turned into a star. Those sorts of players have proven thin on the ground of late at Arsenal. Maybe the winger could be the ideal player for Arsenal to sign and develop into a top player.
Would Thomas Lemar be a good signing for Arsenal?