By George Brooks
Arsenal have abandoned their pursuit of Monaco ace Thomas Lemar, according to a report.
Boss Arsene Wenger was hopeful of landing the France star next summer after it was reported that the player would be allowed to leave.
However, the Mirror reports that Monaco’s demands which is being ramped by interest from Champions League clubs makes Wenger feel the deal is impossible to seal.
The Gunners had a £90million bid rejected by Monaco on deadline day in August as they tried to secure a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who look destined to join Manchester City.
The Premier League club are already looking at alternative targets, with star players Sanchez and Mesut Ozil set to depart the club.
Football Insider Verdict:
There is no doubt that the 22-year-old would be a fantastic signing for Arsenal. However, boss Wenger is sensible to abandon his pursuit of the French international. Monaco are fully aware of the interest in their star player and Arsenal would probably have to overpay to get him. The player is expected to leave Monaco in the summer but with Champions League clubs Liverpool and Barcelona interested it him, it is unlikely he would favour a move to the Emirates Stadium. Wenger should be more concerned with finding a replacement for Sanchez and Ozil, with both players contracts expiring at the end of the season. He is known to be a long-term admirer of Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir, who Arsenal have been linked with recently.
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