Arsenal are tracking Thomas Lemar this summer, Arsene Wenger admitted today.
The Gunners boss is known to be a huge admirer of the 21-year-old Monaco winger, who scored 12 goals last season in all competitions.
Reports suggest Arsenal have had two bids knocked back by the Ligue 1 champions for Lemar, one for £30 million and the other for £40m, but a third offer of around £45m is imminent.
Wenger would not be drawn too much on his chase of the France international when questioned by Football.London during Tuesday morning’s press conference in Sydney, but he did reveal the player is someone he is keeping tabs on.
“He’s a player that we follow yes, said the Arsenal boss. “That we look at.
“But it’s speculation at the moment,” said the Arsenal boss. “There is nothing really concrete about any signing.
“The rest is only speculation.”
Lemar is understood to be keen on a move to the Emirates and has made it clear that he will complete a transfer if a fee is agreed between the two clubs.
But Monaco are believed to be holding out for around £80m for the winger, a figure Arsenal consider to be unrealistic.
Wenger is preparing to return with an improved £45m bid in the coming days.
Meanwhile the Arsenal boss has confirmed his interest in Lemar’s international teammate Kylian Mbappe.
“Nobody can say they are not interested in a player of that calibre,” said Wenger.
“He is such an immense quality at 18 years of age. All clubs are interested in him.
“He is a player who when he gets up in the morning can choose what he wants to do, where he wants to go.
“There are not many players who have that kind of luck. He’s 18 years of age and all of Europe has the red carpet out for him.”