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Sport Monaco chief admits Arsneal target Lemar could leave

20:35  12 october  2017
20:35  12 october  2017 Source:

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Arsenal’s interest in AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar was well documented over the course of the summer.

The Gunners made several attempts early on in the window to land the France international, but were knocked back by a Monaco side eager to keep hold of their key players after a number of departures.

Arsenal were rumoured to have had a huge bid worth in the region of £90 million accepted for Lemar on the final day of the window, but the move fell through.

However, it doesn’t look as though all hope is lost for the Gunners in their pursuit of Lemar, and Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has admitted that the wide man could leave next summer.

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As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, the Monaco chief said:

“Liverpool were really interested. But it was Arsenal that was really close to finalising the deal. It was quite close. At the same time it was just too late, not enough time, to really follow up on this deal. Not all the elements of the puzzle fell in place.”

“I’m very happy he stayed with us. For us, we need a player like Thomas Lemar. He’s very important to our team.”

Vasilyev confirmed that both Arsenal and Liverpool were keen to secure the services of Lemar, but were halted in their pursuits, and a move is possible at the end of the season.

“Definitely next summer will be something to look at, although you know in football there are no guarantees. We had some players who were supposed to leave this summer but didn’t leave because of X, Y, Z.”

“I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to an exit next year.”

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