Even though it is club football that really pays the wages of the players and with some real glory on offer in the shape of domestic cups, leagues and the Europa and Champions League competitions, it is fair to say that the biggest trophy in football is the World Cup.
It is the most watched sporting tournament across the globe and provides the biggest stage, which is why every single player on the planet wants to be involved. With the next one taking place in Russia next summer, thoughts will inevitably turn towards it and that could have a knock on effect with players in the transfer market.
According to Metro, it could be a negative effect for Arsenal and the transfer plans of Arsene Wenger, at least where his pursuit of Thomas Lemar from Monaco is concerned. The talented young winger is said to be keen to work with Wenger and after reportedly having an opening bid turned down the Gunners are said to be ready to go back and try again.
Lemar’s father, however, has apparently warned the player that his World Cup hopes in the France side may suffer if he comes to Arsenal this summer and that may just prove more difficult an obstacle to get over than the transfer fee.