Sky Sports update on Arsenal’s £45m pursuit of Thomas Lemar

Arsenal could finally sign Thomas Lemar given that Monaco have signed Rachid Ghezzal on a free transfer from Olympique Lyon. Arsene Wenger has been linked to signing the French international, to help bolster his ranks ahead of the new season, but has had two bids rejected by the French club.

Monaco vice president, Vadim Vasilyev has stated that the club is not looking to sell any more stars given that the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva have all left the Stade Louis II, but Leonardo Jardim has stated that he is not sure about the future of the 21-year-old left footed genius.

The signing of the impressive Ghezzal means that Lemar could be sold, and Arsenal are not ending the talks to sign him, though there are no active talks at the moment, according to Dharmesh Sheth. The Gunners have been confident about a deal but now face competition from the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool though the north Londoners are favourites for his signature.

Lemar was key for Monaco last season, scoring goals and creating further goals as Monaco won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Dharmesh Sheth said on Sky Sports: “What of Arsenal’s hopes of signing Thomas Lemar.

“We are told today they are now not in active talks with Monaco over the player but it should be noted they have not entirely ended their interest.” he added.

Lemar is wanted by Arsene Wenger as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who has been linked with an exit from the Emirates Stadium. The 28-year-old Chilean has failed to extend his current contract though Wenger may want to play both together in a new look attack going into the new season.

Lemar is a classy left footed player known for his creativity, dribbling and ability to pick out a pass out of nothing with that silky left foot of his. He can play from central midfield and also anywhere across the front three behind the striker. He made 55 appearances for the principality club last season, scoring 14 times and creating and further 17.

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