“I am a Monaco player and I am very happy there”.
“Lacazette, Koscielny and Giroud went to his bedroom to convince him (all with France)”.
But, although Arsenal were reportedly willing to pay as much as €100million to buy Lemar, the player’s involvement against Netherlands in Paris for Les Bleus’ key World Cup qualifier appears to indicate he will stay with the Ligue 1 champions.
Liverpool have since emerged as a serious contender to sign the France global, making two bids this week with the club’s medical team now on stand to travel to Paris to carry out a medical if a deal is struck.
Lemar has been lined with some of Europe’s largest clubs, including Manchester United, Barcelona, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal, with the latter two clubs both making bids for the Frenchman.
Thomas Lemar got his first two goals for France while substitute Kylian Mbappe also scored in a 4-0 demolition of 10-man Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that left the Dutch with a huge task to reach the 2018 finals in Russian Federation. The Chilean is now an odds-on shot to join up with old manager Pep Guardiola at best odds of 1/2, and punters clearly believe that if the Gunners do receive a big enough bid from City – and accept – they will reinvest the money immediately on long-term target Lemar.