Arsenal’s pursuit of Thomas Lemar shows no sign of slowing with the latest report claiming the Gunners are preparing a new £54 million bid.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal will make the new offer with Monaco set to bring in Rachid Ghezzal on a free transfer.
However, the latest attempt could also be set to fail, with the report also claiming that the French champions have decided Lemar simply is not for sale.
The 21-year-old was in action last night as Monaco opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-2 win over Toulouse, thanks to goals from Jemerson, Radamel Falcao and Kamil Glik.
Meanwhile, according to French newspaper L’Equipe, Barcelona have now joined the race to sign Lemar, as they look for a replacement for Neymar.
The Catalan giants are not short of cash, having lost the Brazilian after his €222m release clause was activated, and he signed a five-year deal with PSG.
The report also claims that Liverpool and Manchester City are also keen on Lemar, who is interested to hear of interest from Barca.
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It’s no surprise to hear Arsenal may face competition for Lemar, who emerged as one of the best young talents in Europe last season after a superb campaign.
Prising him away from Monaco looks to be no easy feat however, and this looks like one transfer saga that still has some distance left to run, unfortunately.