Arsenal is on the verge of completing a deal for AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar after the French club agreed to sell him to the Gunners this summer.
Monaco had quoted a £80 million price to the Gunners, hoping that would deter them from further unsettling the winger, but Arsene Wenger refused to give up the chase for the 21 years old who has only one full season of top flight football.
Both clubs know that the player will only get better, and Monaco wants to keep him with hopes that his value would increase next year, while Arsene Wenger wants to sign him now, to avoid competition from other top teams next summer.
However, both sides have reached a compromise and the winger is set to join the Gunners for a deal worth £45 million. Lemar had agreed on personal terms with the Gunners earlier and he is reportedly set to earn £90,000 per week as an Arsenal player. His signing would take Arsenal’s total transfer outlay this summer to £97 million for just two players as Sead Kolasinac joined for free.
After the signing of Lemar, the Gunners are expected to start the process of renewing deals for some of their stars who are into the final year of their current contracts.