Thomas Lemar set for Monaco bust-up if Arsenal transfer denied

The 18-year-old is one of Europe's most in-demand players after a sensational breakout campaign with the French champions, scoring 15 league goals and becoming the youngest scorer in a Champions League semi-final.

The Gunners boss says he has given up on signing Kylian Mbappe, but Pires feels he would be wise to continue his pursuit of Lemar as he aims to turn the Gunners into genuine title contenders next season.

An official announcement is expected when Arsenal return from their tour of Australia and China: Monaco have asked Arsenal to wait - with medicals, official pictures and his presentation to be delayed until they find a replacement for the French youngster.

Reports have suggested Arsenal are set to make their third bid for the France global. I think he'll still stay at Monaco, it appears like that. "Maybe he has too many options right now but In the end, he probably might not even move". What we know now with Mbappe is it's over £100m, after that it's free for everyone to imagine.

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"But we have not made any offer".

Arsenal are now preparing for the new Premier League season after they had a miserable last season where they finished fifth in the league and missed out on Champions League qualification.

It will take another significant transfer fee though, with Arsenal already splashing out £52m on striker Alexandre Lacazette as per BBC Sport, as Arsene Wenger looks to make crucial additions to his squad to ensure that they can compete for major honours this coming season.

Arsenal reportedly believe they could miss out on Thomas Lemar's capture if Monaco draw a line in the sand regarding player sales this summer.

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