Official: Arsene Wenger confirms combine £80m deal for duo

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Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are not done in the transfer market – despite having a third bid for top target Thomas Lemar turned down.

The Gunners made the offer – thought to be in the region of £45 million – earlier in the week.

But just as the previous two, which were for £30m and £40m, it was rejected by Monaco – who insist the France international winger is not for sale.

Arsenal are believed to be preparing a fourth offer for Lemar, however, with the north London outfit confident they can get a deal done despite Monaco’s tough stance.

And Wenger has now admitted that he does want to get more business done before the end of the transfer window.

“We are active,” he said. “We are working hard and I think we have done well with Kolasinac, we have done well with Lacazette and we are continuing to work.

“I believe there are actually two ways to improve the team. First of all to improve the quality of what we do in training to improve the squad and improve the players we have, and secondly to bring more top-level players in.

“You have always to be on alert every day, because a good opportunity might turn up.

“Sometimes people you are after for a long time are not available and suddenly they become available. So you have always to be on alert. That’s what we do.”

As well as Lemar, Arsenal are also hoping to add a central midfielder to their ranks in the coming weeks – with Nice star Jean Seri a big target.

The Ivorian has a £33m release clause, but the Gunners are reluctant to spend that much and are hopeful of striking a deal as the window progresses.


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