If the latest Arsenal transfer rumours are true, or some of them at least, then Arsene Wenger is ready to test the resolve of his former club AS Monaco for a fourth time this summer, by making yet another bid for their France international star Thomas Lemar.
Maybe his connection with the club is leading him to believe that Arsenal finally getting the talented 21-year old is simply a matter of getting the transfer fee right and perhaps this latest bid will do the trick, but if not then I think it is time for our manager to give up, for a number of reasons.
The first is that Lemar is now being linked, as reported by Metro, with a summer transfer to Spain’s La Liga to play for FC Barcelona, who have just been handed around £200 million by PSG for Neymar who just happens to play on the same left flank as Lemar. If this is true then we may as well forget him.
Another reason is that, even though the Algerian international Riyad Mahrez is currently still with Leicester City that may not be true for long. As reported by Sky Sports, the man who played a major part in the Foxes title winning campaign is just waiting for his club to accept an offer.
And whereas he was thought to prefer Arsenal, Mahrez himself is now talking about a transfer to Roma who have already had bids rejected but could soon be back with one that fits the bill.
The 26-year old said, “I know Roma came in, but nothing was accepted so there is little I can do. They are a great club who I would like to talk to but I can’t until Leicester accept a deal.
“Leicester know my thoughts, but I will continue to give my best for the club as I always have.
“Clearly, it is flattering whenever you get linked with any big clubs, but as it stands, I have not talked to anyone as nobody has had a bid accepted but we nearly have a month left of the transfer window so we will see what happens.”
Do you think it is time for Arsenal to forget about Lemar and go for the seemingly much easier transfer of Mahrez?