Arsenal are reportedly set to beat north London rivals Tottenham, to a £30 million deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
According to football.london, the winger has indicated a preference to move to Arsenal, over Spurs, this summer although Monaco will be reluctant sellers.
The report also claims the 21-year-old is one of Arsenal’s priority signings this summer, the others being Kylian Mbappe and Alexandre Lacazette.
Luring him away from Monaco, however, could prove tough with the club having already lost Bernardo Silva and with a host of other stars having being targeted.
The current interest surrounding Mbappe is well-known, but Fabinho, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko have also been heavily linked with summer exits.
Arsene Wenger is believed to be confident of doing a deal, but is aware it could cost upto £30m to land this man.
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The Gunners boss has been pictured in Nice recently, along with Ivan Gazidis, with reports claiming he was in the south of France to discuss moves for Mbappe and Lemar.
The winger starred for Monaco last season, helping the club claim the Ligue 1 title and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Lemar scored 14 goals and contributed 14 assists in all competitions for Monaco last season, and while other players may have scooped more plaudits, his contribution was key to his side’s success.