Forget Bakayoko! Arsenal wrap up deal for impressive star

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ARSENAL’s summer move for Monaco star Thomas Lemar is in major doubt – because of their London rivals Chelsea.

Monaco currently have one of the best young squads in world football and won the Ligue 1 title last season.

The French giants know several of their stars are attracting interest this summer.

Manchester City have already snapped up Bernardo Silva for £43m while the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho and Benjamin Mendy are continuing to be linked with mega-money moves.

Another Monaco star who looks set to leave is Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Premier League champions Chelsea are closing in on a £35m deal for the French midfielder and that transfer is expected to completed very soon.

The Mirror claim Bakayoko’s move to Stamford Bridge could put an end to Arsenal’s hopes to signing of Lemar.

It is said that Monaco are determined not to lose all of their current stars and have to start again from scratch next season.

While they are open to letting Bakayoko go, the club will fight hard to keep hold of their other in-demand players.

Lemar, who joined Monaco from Caen in 2015 for £3.5m, is valued at around £30m and is wanted by Arsenal and their north London rivals Tottenham.


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