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Monaco have told Arsenal they must pay £55million for winger Thomas Lemar.
The French giants will sell the France international, 21, but only if Arsenal come up with big cash to get him.
It’s a major boost to boss Arsene Wenger, who has made Lemar one of his top targets.
However, Monaco fear their golden generation could be obliterated this summer and are doing all they can to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Benjamin Mendy is expected to follow Monaco team-mate Bernardo Silva in joining Manchester City.
Kylian Mbappe, meanwhile, is wanted by Real Madrid while Fabinho too has been linked with a move away.
Wenger originally thought he could land Lemar for £25m but Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev is steadfast in his demands that his best young players won’t be sold on the cheap.
Arsenal were prepared to go up to £45m but may now have to pay well over £50m.
It means a move for Riyad Mahrez is now the most likely one to be done this summer.
The Leicester winger, 26, will reject Roma’s attempts to take him to Italy as he holds out for Arsenal.
The Sun say Mahrez has set his sights on the Gunners while former Sky Sports man Richard Keys has publicly said he thinks the move will happen.
Asked where he thinks Mahrez will be playing next season, Keys tweeted: “I still believe Arsenal.”
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