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Thomas Lemar’s move to Arsenal looks set to rest on how hard he pushes to leave Monaco, according to reports.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already secured the club-record signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.
But he wants to continue his spending spree this summer as he looks to kick start a new era at the club after signing a two-year contract extension.
Lemar, 21, is now regarded as Wenger’s No 1 target, but Monaco are playing hardball over a possible exit.
The Ligue 1 champions have apparently slapped an £80million price tag on his head as they look to deter potential suitors.
But the Arsenal boss is not giving up on trying to sign Lemar despite already having two bids rejected for him.
The France international is apparently keen on a move to north London and Arsene Wenger is confident a deal can be done.
However, Football.London say the France international must start pushing hard behind the scenes to better his chances of securing a move to the Emirates.
Lemar, who has a five-year deal on the table and the chance to double his wages, supposedly wants to work with Wenger.
But he finds himself in a difficult situation as he is mindful of going against Monaco.
Speaking about Arsenal’s summer transfer business yesterday, Wenger admitted the club remain very active in the market.
“There are two ways to strengthen the squad,” said Wenger.
“The first is to analyse where we have not done so well and where we can improve together, and the other way is to bring in players from outside.
“We are still open to strengthening our team with players coming from outside.
“We are very active on the transfer market and have already realised two incomings. We have to keep a balance as well, that you don’t destabilise the team too much by bringing in too many players.
“But we are still active on the transfer market so let’s see what kind of opportunities we can find.”
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