Arsene Wenger has been discussing Arsenal’s interest in Monaco duo Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar after landing in Australia for the club’s pre-season tour.
Both players have been linked with a move to the Emirates this summer and Wenger has confirmed the club’s interest in Lemar, but says a deal is a long way from being done.
“He’s a player that we follow yes,” he said via football.london. “That we look at.
“But it’s speculation at the moment. There is nothing really concrete about any signing. The rest is only speculation.”
He also talked about Mbappe and while he admitted Arsenal were keen on the talented teenager, he also conceded that so were all the top clubs in Europe.
“Nobody can say they are not interested in a player of that calibre,” he added. “He is such an immense quality at 18 years of age. All clubs are interested in him.
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“He is a player who when he gets up in the morning can choose what he wants to do, where he wants to go.
“There are not many players who have that kind of luck. He’s 18 years of age and all of Europe has the red carpet out for him.”
While the chances of Arsenal landing Mbappe are looking slim, particularly following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, the club seem to be really keen on Lemar.
However, one stumbling block seems to be the price, with reports claiming Arsenal have made bids of up to £45m but that Monaco will refuse to sell for less than £80m.