“I want to play for Arsenal” – Thomas Lemar hands transfer request to Monaco

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Arsenal transfer target Thomas Lemar is pushing for Monaco to allow him to join the Gunners this summer with his representatives holding talks with the club.

The 21-year-old has emerged as one of Arsene Wenger’s top targets in what has been a busy transfer window for the north Londoners so far, with Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette coming in.

Lemar’s fine form in Ligue 1 last season has also seen him linked with the likes of Chelsea and Juventus, but Arsenal are growing increasingly confident that they can get the deal done.

According to the Daily Mirror, Lemar may be doing his bit to force the move with his entourage applying some pressure to Monaco to let him get his desired move to the Premier League.

Arsenal are said to be willing to offer the France international a five-year contract with wages of around £100,000 per week as their big spending this summer continues.

Lacazette has already joined in a club-record move of around £52million, and Lemar could end up costing a similar amount as Wenger looks prepared to pay over £45m after already seeing two bids rejected for the winger.

Lemar contributed an impressive 14 goals and 14 assists to Monaco’s season in 2016/17, helping them win Ligue 1 and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

With Arsenal facing doubts over the futures of key attacking players Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lemar could be an ideal purchase to ease the pressure on the team next season.

Lemar himself has previously hinted he wants to link up with fellow Frenchman Lacazette at the Emirates Stadium after ‘liking’ his Instagram post posing with the club’s kit.

 

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