Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Arsenal's £31m bid for Thomas Lemar turned down by Monaco

Arsenal's £31m bid for Thomas Lemar turned down by Monaco

The Monaco youngster was unbelievable for his club last season with 14 goals and 17 assists in all competitions and he is only 21.

Lemar is understood to be keen on the idea of working with Wenger but Monaco's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev rejected the bid and told Arsenal he is not prepared to negotiate.

Across last season he produced 14 goals and 17 assists through 55 matches in all competitions with Wenger hoping he becomes one of his club's first major acquisition as he looks to strengthen his squad. Most current estimates put his transfer value at around £30m.

Monaco have already sold Bernardo Silva to Manchester City in a deal which could be worth more than £60m.

We saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain convert from a wide midfielder to a wing-back so why can't Lemar do it as well?

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Lemar now has a contract with the Ligue 1 club until 2020 and is now rated at £21m.

French website Telefoot reported earlier this month that Tottenham and Arsenal were both battling to sign the winger and had made enquiries. If he was to keep that record up at the Emirates, he would be a fan favourite in no time. The Frenchman is a player I really like and definitely want to see in an Arsenal shirt next season but, where will he fit in?

From an Arsenal point of view, Lemar could perhaps best be described as a slightly taller version of Santi Cazorla, equally proficient at starting attacks from deep inside his own half as he is at delivering the last defense-splitting pass in the final third.

Now, Arsenal isn't the only club to have been linked to Lemar this summer.

Performances with Caen in Ligue 2, the French second division, caught Monaco's eye and there Lemar has been part of a group of young players taking Europe by storm.

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