Arsenal close to signing French youngster despite club’s reluctance

Arsenal’s persistence is set to pay off in their quest to sign AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. The French youngster was part of the Monaco side that reached the UEFA Champions League semifinal last season as well as won the French league.

He contributed 14 goals in a season that saw so many of his teammates shine through with individual performances.
AS Monaco are afraid of losing all of their star players ahead of a new season. They do not want to have a disastrous title-defending campaign like Chelsea and Leicester have had in England, and as such, they have placed an embargo on players leaving the club.

However, Arsene Wenger has refused to give up on signing Lemar. The Gunners have had a bid of £30 million rejected by Monaco, but have made an improved offer of £40 million, which Monaco is yet to react to.

Lemar himself appears to have had his head turned by a move to the Premier League and has reportedly agreed on personal terms with the Gunners who are set to pay him £90,000 per week.

While awaiting a response from Monaco, the Gunners are prepared to offer more, if the £40 million bid is rejected.

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