Don’t you just love the transfer rumour mill, the way that just one little comment from an Arsenal groundman or an inconsequential journalist can spark a feeding frenzy amongst the fans. It’s all crazy. Well (according to all recent rumours) Arsenal are pressing hard to make the Monaco winger Thomas Lemar our next signing, and there certainly seems to be a concensus that he is now our main target.
Well, according to the (never-wrong of course) journalist Emanuele Giulianelli the deal has already been completed. According to him, Arsenal have struck a deal with AS Monaco for France international winger Thomas Lemar, I can reveal.
He goes even further, saying: The price agreed for the French winger, born in Guadeloupe in 1995, is around £48 million plus some bonuses to be added. It’s close to the price asked at the beginning of the negotiations by Monaco – £53 million as we’ve already reported.
An official announcement is expected when Arsenal return from their tour of Australia and China: Monaco have asked Arsenal to wait – with medicals, official pictures and his presentation to be delayed until they find a replacement for the French youngster.
BUT according to the BBC, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Lemar will join us this summer. They reported: Arsenal believe they could miss out on the signing of key target Thomas Lemar from Monaco.
The Gunners are still trying to land the 21-year-old France international but the French champions may not be keen to let another player leave.
The Monaco exit of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and the likely departure of Benjamin Mendy mean a deal for Lemar is looking increasingly difficult.
And this was confirmed a few hours ago, by the BBC’s David Ornstein via this twwet…..
Arsenal growing less optimistic of signing Lemar. Still trying but other Monaco exits reduce chances. Intention remains to keep Sanchez #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 17, 2017
So who are we more likely to believe? Giulianelli or Ornstein?