Attacker Wants To Join Man Utd Over Arsenal, Deal Can Be Done For £60m
French attacker Thomas Lemar wants to join Man Utd over Arsenal and Monaco are ready to do business if their £60m valuation is met
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the final weeks of the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, the latest on Thomas Lemar….
French attacker Thomas Lemar wants to join Man Utd over Arsenal and Monaco are ready to do business if their £60m valuation is met, according to a report in the Express.
Lemar has developed in to one of the most exciting young attackers in European football after scoring 14 goals and providing a further 17 assists to help Monaco clinch the Ligue 1 title last season.
The 21-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League all summer with the Daily Record reporting that Manchester United had joined Arsenal in the race to sign the winger.
The Gunners appeared to be the front-runners during the early stages of the summer and reportedly had two offers rejected by Monaco but Arsene Wenger admitted defeat yesterday after suggesting the French outfit no longer wanted to sell.
However, the Express are citing journalist Duncan Castles as saying that his contact at Monaco claims a deal to sign Lemar is still very-much alive and the club are ready to sell if their £60m asking price is met.
Castles goes on to suggest that the French international would favour a move to United over Arsenal and that could be the reason for Wenger pulling out of the race for his signature.
Castles is quoted as saying by the Express:
“Arsene Wenger was asked about the Lemar deal, which is something Arsenal have pursued the whole summer, and he said it was dead as far as he was concerned,”
“The argument he put was Monaco was dealing with the imminent departure of Mbappe to PSG and Fabinho, who is almost certain to join PSG as well and therefore would not be selling any more players.
“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. 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.
“That may be connected with Wenger’s statement in that, essentially, once United come in head to head with Arsenal the financial power is always gonna be with the Old Trafford club and, this instance, the attraction of Champions League football.”
Jose Mourinho has been looking to sign a wide attacker before the window shuts and Lemar would be an excellent signing if the Red Devils could get a deal agreed with Monaco.
However, United have also been linked with other players such as Ivan Perisic so if they end up buying the Inter Milan attacker instead, then we could still see Arsenal go back in for Lemar during the closing stages of the window.