According to the Daily Telegraph, Thomas Lemar has rejected a new contract offer at Monaco, fuelling rumours of a move to the Premier League in the summer.
What’s the Story?
Long-term Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar has reportedly turn down a new contract offer at Monaco and is keen on a move to the Premier League in the summer.
The 22-year-old was a member of the Monaco team of 2016/17 that surprised the footballing world by winning Ligue 1 and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Since then, the majority of that team have left the principality for pastures new, with Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint Germain and Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva plying their trade in the Premier League.
Now, it seems that Lemar is keen to join his former teammates in England.
Arsenal made an attempt to bring the Frenchman to the Emirates last summer. However, Monaco rebuffed their bid for their young star, which totalled more than £92million.
Would Lemar be a good signing for Arsenal?
While Lemar’s reported eagerness to play in the Premier League will be welcome news for Arsenal fans, his form this season has been comparatively poor and questions may be asked as to whether his outstanding performances last season were simply a one-off.
The Frenchman, valued at £58.5million by Transfermarkt, definitely has the ability to perform at the highest level.
However, with the ferociously talented offensive players at Arsenal improving with every transfer window, Wenger may not want to risk spending such a vast sum on a player who may not feature in the starting eleven every game.