Arsenal get a boost as target rejects a move to Portuguese side

Arsenal has been handed a boost in their bid to land Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid after he rejected an approach from FC Porto.

The Frenchman is a long-term target for the Gunners as they have been on his trail since 2017 when he played for AS Monaco.

He moved to Atletico in 2018, but that transfer has been a failed move for him. Lemar has largely struggled in the two seasons that he has played for the Spaniards and it appears that they are now ready to cut their losses on him.

Arsenal has had a busy summer, they have signed two players already and more are expected to follow. They have not returned for Lemar yet, rather, they are looking to sign his teammate, Thomas Partey.

However, it might interest the Gunners to know that the Frenchman is available for transfer.

AS claims that he was the subject of interest from FC Porto some time ago and the Portuguese side reached out to his camp, but he didn’t even want to hear their proposal because he wants a move to the Premier League.

He was signed for around 70 million euros, but the report claims that an offer of around 25 million euros will be enough to get him from the Spanish side.

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21 Comments

  1. ozziegunner says:

    Thomas Lemar is not what Arsenal needs. Even at €25 million that boat has sailed. Arsenal has invested in other options such as Pepe and Willan and requires funds to address the deficiencies in box to box and defensive midfielders.

    1. Emmaobi says:

      He is better than your midfielders including Ceballos and Ozil. That he did not do well in ATM does not mean he won’t do well in Arsenal. We need an attacking midfielder.

      1. ArsenalWhy says:

        No he’s not.

      2. Thomo says:

        He’s rubbish and it was Wenger who wanted him

        1. ahmad73 says:

          In fairness he was hot property when Wenger wanted him. But I was relieved we bit a 90M bullet. The 90M is what was mentioned at the time we made a late bid.

  2. ArsenalWhy says:

    Remember when this guy was rumoured to cost 80m. Talk about flopping hard.

  3. gunnerforlife says:

    Better invest in Partey/Diawara/Aouar. Also latest reports claim that WestHam have offfered Brazilian Phillipe Anderson to Arsenal on loan. Could suit Arsenal as he has PL experience and is a creative midfielder.

    1. kandie andrea says:

      ouar is the best choice at all coz of box to box and can do also something at sides

  4. Tameh says:

    Enough with this guy. Even at 5m, huge pass for me. He should try somewhere else. He’s not at Arsenal standard anymore. Decisions make or break careers simple.
    Arsenal won’t be going for him anymore so please enough with the rumors, else we’ll hear the Higuan/Benzema deals are happening again.

  5. Wyoming says:

    Offer 7mill and 20k pw salary

    1. ClassyGunner says:

      Or ask for free. Like the broke Italian clubs

  6. Adajim says:

    We bid 90m for this guy and got rejected. Wenger and his antics, he was the reason we miss out on Sanchez 60m bid from city.
    Not anymore, Partey or no one else from ATM for now

  7. Grandad says:

    Has he been converted to a DM?

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Grandad, after Gilberto Silva left and Diaby broke down, you, I and others know that Arsenal didn’t believe in DM’s.
      If Arsenal manages to sign Thomas Partey, (a Viera clone of a powerful commanding box to box midfielder), there is still a need for a DM, such as Diawara of AC Roma.

  8. Russell Dally says:

    I really think arteta can turn this guys career around . Shame we don’t have the money or room in the team.

  9. ken1945 says:

    How many more players are we, supposedly, looking at?
    To date, it’s over 130 and every day another one comes out of the woodwork.

    1. patH says:

      Ken, By the law of averages we will get only one and somebody will say I told you so. The only player/s we will get are those decided by Arteta and the Board, not by the Press or fans. We as supporters have not the faintest idea of the criteria the club has when deciding which players they are interested in. So instead of guessing why don’t we wait till the widow closes.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        PatH, I agree with you; however we all react to every player Arsenal are connected to, usually on the basis that the squad deficiencies are obvious yet these players don’t address the need.
        By the way I hope there are still more to come, given the transfer window doesn’t close until October. Time will tell.

      2. ken1945 says:

        patH, totally agree, but it’s almost a reflex action to check the headlines out –
        ozziegunner, are you saying that Lemar is better than we have already?

  10. bally burna daniel says:

    partey and aouar are enough to address our lacking defence and creativity resp. then any uefa trophy is ours. #gunners forever#

  11. Gily says:

    Let them stop putting words into our mouth. We know the ‘Thomas’ we want. It is Partey, Partey, Partey any day – not Lemar.

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