Arsenal would need to break their transfer record for the second time this summer if they still want to land their top target, Thomas Lemar.
The Gunners have been pursuing Lemar for a long time now, and despite Monaco’s insistence that he is not for sale, Wenger and his team have refused to give up, that determination has paid off in some way with Monaco now willing to do business.
However, they would have to pay over the odds. Arsenal was planning to sign Lemar, who has just one full season under his belt, for £25 million initially, but Monaco has used a high pricing strategy to get top dollar for their outgoing stars this summer.
The Ligue 1 holders have revised their pricing after Manchester City paid £54 million for Tottenham full back Kyle Walker who has only one season of Champions League football and no league title medal to show. They asked The Citizens to offer the same as they offered for Walker, and they did, now they want Arsenal to do same.
They have informed the Gunners that Lemar can move but only for at least £55 million, otherwise, he would remain in Monaco. The player is also keen on moving and he is waiting patiently for the two clubs to reach an agreement.