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Monaco winger Thomas Lemar would prefer to join Manchester United over Arsenal, according to Duncan Castles.
Manchester United and Arsenal have both been tipped to lure Lemar away from Monte Carlo this transfer window.
And the Red Devils’ path to the winger was left clear yesterday with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger conceding defeat in his bid to land the 21-year-old.
It represented a bitter blow to Arsenal fans, who had been hoping to see the 21-year-old move to the Emirates this summer.
But Castles says a Monaco contact has informed him Lemar would rather join United than their Premier League counterparts – and suggested it is why the Gunners have stopped pursing a deal.
“I had a chat with a Monaco contact last night, asking where things stood, he said the Lemar deal was very much on the table as far as they’re concerned,” he told the Transfer Window podcast.
“It is a possibility he leaves if the transfer fee they’re looking for (60m) is met.
“The interesting bit of information is I asked where Lemar would prefer to go, whether it’s Arsenal or Manchester United.
“And he was very clear. Lemar wants to go to Manchester United.”