Arsene Wenger is world famous for not talking about any Arsenal transfer rumours until the deals are done and dusted, so the only information us starving fans get is from agents or the never-ending rumour mill.
But today it has been revealed by a French agent, Gilles Favard, that Wenger was in talks with Caen for both Thomas Lemar and N’Golo Kante at a bargain price, but finally decided not to go through with the purchase.
Favard was quoted as saying, “We all know the story.
“Two years ago he [Wenger] had a deal for Thomas Lemar and N’Golo Kante for €15m [£12.6m].”
We already knew that Wenger had previously tried to buy Kante, as when he was directly asked he admitted it. “When he was in France, and when he was at Leicester,” Wenger said.
“I cannot explain everything but it is quite obvious when you look where he has gone,” Wenger continued. “I do not want to talk about it, transfers are transfers. You cannot explain absolutely everything.”
Of course Kante has gone on to win two League titles in two seasons, while Lemar is wowing everyone in Ligue 1 and both players are now worth absolute fortunes. Can you imagine if we had those two in our team last season. We wouldn’t have missed Santi Cazorla one bit!