Arsenal FC have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Thomas Lemar, as the french international has turned down a new deal at AS Moncao, according to a report.
The Sun report that the Monaco star has his heart set on a Premier League switch, and has turned down a new long term deal with the French champions.
Arsene Wenger all but signed the 22-year-old on deadline day over the summer, only to have the move blocked by Monaco.
It is widely reported that Liverpool are also heavily interested in the winger, and that the two Premier League clubs are set to battle it out for a summer transfer.
Football Insider verdict:
The fact that Thomas Lemar has turned down a big new deal at his current club, AS Monaco, tells you all you need to know. The French international wants Premier League football, and it seems as though it will be either Liverpool or Arsenal that can give that to him. His direct and creative style of play make him one of the hottest comodities in World Football right now, and he would terrify Premier League defenders. As so often is the case with talented European players, it could take time for Lemar to adapt to the Premier League, but teaming up with the electric front four at Arsenal would only amplify the 22-year-old’s abilities.
In other Arsenal transfer news, this former Gunners striker has stated joining Chelsea was the obvious answer.