Arsenal is thinking about snapping up AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.
The Gunners have sought out the Monaco star as a key player as they bid to rejuvenate their squad this summer. Arsenal wants the Frenchman to inspire their stale side after his superb season with Les Rouges et Blancs.
Lemar will not be cheap
With three years left on his deal though, Arsenal will most likely have to pay a very large price, and “even that may not be enough with the Ligue 1 leaders unlikely to sell more than one of their key players as rivals show interest in Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko,” according to espnfc.com.
A bid that is greater than £25 million will need to be in order. However, Arsenal has already seen two bids turned away for Lemar. They are ready to up their offer from £40 million to £45 million.
Arsenal is ready to offer the Frenchman a contract worth £100,000-a-week if he makes the switch to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners will most likely complete a deal for AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar in the coming weeks. Lemar’s representatives have already held talks with Monaco and Arsenal are hoping they can get a deal done.
Monaco is keen on keeping their extremely talented young part of their team together for next season. However, they could be tempted to sell Lemar if the right money is offered.
A fantastic young player
Manager Leonardo Jardim’s young players are close to being crowned Ligue 1 champions. They also reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League where Lemar played a major role of the group.
The 21-year old “was outstanding as Monaco raced to the Ligue 1 title last season, playing a spellbinding brand of football in the process”, according to bleacherreport.com.
The 21-year-old plays mainly on the left flank—but at times will switch to the right.
Lemar was “stationed on the left side of midfield and, in tandem with Benjamin Mendy, offered the team incredible thrust from that flank. Being left-footed, Lemar would regularly use his pace to barge around the outside of defenders, although he’s astute at dipping infield and linking up play too,” according to bleacherreport.com.
Lemar has netted nine goals and provided seven assists in 31 league appearances. Lamar’s Champions League return was two goals and four assists from 12 games, according to WhoScored.com. He is one of Europe’s best young talents.
Makes up for the potential loss of Sanchez and exciting to watch
Manager Arsene Wenger will need to make some major additions to make up for the potential loss of Sanchez, who many would agree is Arsenal’s most important player.
Even though Lemar is still young, he has the talent to be similarly devastating on the left flank for Arsenal.
According to WhoScored.com, Lemar is a set-piece specialist who is fantastic on the ball, and his link-up play is also impressive. If Arsenal could get him, it will be an exciting pick to watch. He is still so young that there are things he can improve on.
But with the guidance and support of Wenger, the would expect the Frenchman to develop into an impressive option for many different roles. This will be a fantastic player to watch develop into something even greater.
Written by Jenna Marie Betz
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