Arsenal’s hopes of landing Monaco winger Thomas Lemar appear to be fading, according to BBC Sport.
David Ornstein, a fairly trusted Arsenal source, writes that the Gunners are now expecting to miss out on the 21-year-old, largely due to Tiemoue Bakayoko’s move to Chelsea.
The French champions have already lost Bernardo Silva to Manchester City while Benjamin Mendy is also expected to join him at the Etihad soon.
With three key players already having been sold, and Kylian Mbappe still being targeted, Arsenal now believe Monaco will not sanction the sale of any other stars this summer.
If the report is true, it would be a blow to the club’s transfer plans, with Lemar having emerged as one of the club’s top targets.
Riyad Mahrez did appear to be Arsenal’s Plan B, although talk of a move for the Leicester winger has gone very quiet indeed.
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In fact, there has been speculation that Mahrez has agreed a deal to join Roma, although there’s nothing official on that just yet.
There is also more positive news in the report, with Ornstein claiming Arsenal remain committed to keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean’s comments over the weekend have sparked fresh speculation he will leave, but the Gunners remain keen to keep hold of him.
Other speculation has claimed that if Sanchez is sold, the club will move for Moussa Dembele and Virgil van Dijk, in a bid to further strengthen following the arrivals of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette.