The young Monaco star Thomas Lemar has had a meteoric rise to fame recently. After helping Monaco win the Ligue 1 title, the player has been making waves with the French national team and it now seems as though he is ready to take the next big step in his career, with Arsenal said to be keen on bringing him to the Emirates.
If reports from the Metro are to be believed, the Frenchman is holding up contract talks at the Stade Louis II in order to make himself open to a move to Arsenal. It is understood that the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has expressed interest in the player but is yet to make a formal approach considering that Monaco are holding out for a fee of £26 million.
Lemar, who contributed 9 goals and ten assists towards Monaco’s triumph in Ligue 1, is one of Europe’s most sought-after players and it is safe to say that Arsenal are not the only team interested. Spurs are also said to be in for the player, with captain Hugo Lloris subtely suggesting recently that he spoken to his French comrade about a move to White Hart Lane.
Well, it does sound a lot like Wenger to express his interest in a player and not make a formal approach. When you look at the list of world-class players who Arsenal could not bring in because of Wenger’s hesitation, you would realise that the Gunners missed out on some gems. In fact, Le Prof could have signed Mbappe last season for a little less than a million pounds but failed to follow up his interest.
Anyway, one can only hope that Wenger can act quickly this time and snap up Lemar. Having made promises to the board to finish his transfer business early, you would expect him to get a move on by now. With respect to Lemar, the player has no shortage of suitors and if the Arsenal boss waits a little too long, there is every possibility we will miss out on him as well.