For a long time it seemed that Thomas Lemar of Monaco was Arsenal’s top transfer target, but lately the rumours seemed to have dyed down a bit. This could be because the transfer fees set by the French Champions are becoming ridiculous. The latest report says that Monaco will not sell Lemar for less than £55 million, or the 21 year-old will be staying in France for at least one more season, despite the fact that Lemar is desperate to join the Gunners….
Riyad Mahrez has also been seemingly ignored by Arsene Wenger because of the high price demanded by Leicester, but it seems that Roma have now decided to give Wenger some competition with a bid for the Algerian international, although, as confirmed by Craig Shakespeare, the bid was too low to be even considered.
Another report says that the 26 year-old is still willing to ignore other offers while he waits for Wenger to make his bid, and he is willing to wait right until the end of the transfer window. I can certainly see Wenger waiting until the final day to force a compromise out of Leicester, otherwise Mahrez will still be playing at Leicester next season….
So to Alexis. This Arsenal rumour must be the most talked about this summer, but there is very little in the way of facts. Other than the interview where Sanchez said he wanted to win the Champions League (doesn’t everyone?) there has been no concrete confirmation of any bid whatsoever so far, but that doesn’t stop the rumours!
The latest says that PSG have entered the race, and are trying to buy Alexis AND Neymar in a bid to go for the Champions League. The first rumours said that the French oil-rich club had made an offer of £35 million, which is derisory, but now it is being claimed that the Chilean has demanded £500,000-a-week from PSG to put them off, while he is still secretly hoping that the move to Manchester City will still materialise.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has once again made it clear that he has no intention of selling Alexis to anyone, even if it is to a rival from outside the Premier League. “It’s only media imagination.” wenger said yesterday. “No, it doesn’t make any difference.” [if it’s a foreign club that wants to sign him].
So as usual it’s rumours, rumours, rumours, but very little in the way of action!