Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has hinted Thomas Lemar could leave the Ligue 1 club this month as Arsenal prepare a fresh move for the France international.
The Gunners were near to a deal for Lemar on deadline day last summer but removed the plug on the move at the last minute and blocked Alexis Sanchez‘s transfer to Manchester City.
Manchester City, though, have not abandoned their interest in Arsenal’s Chilean forward and are confident of finalising a £30million move for him this week.
Arsenal want a replacement before they let the past Barcelona man leave and Lemar remains keen on moving to the Premier League.
And his boss, Jardim, has suggested that the Ligue 1 champions are willing to do business this month.
‘We do not typically sell players in the winter transfer window,’ Jardim said. ‘But the month is long, and many things could happen.’
It’s considered Monaco value Lemar at around £92m, and Arsenal will face a rival from Liverpool to sign the winger.
The Reds have just bagged £107m from Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona – and another £35m to follow – and would be ready to match Arsenal’s salary offer.
However, Liverpool’s offer of around £75m for Lemar last summer was well short of Monaco’s valuation.