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Despite having to pay a club record £60million, Arsenal still interested in Thomas Lemar

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Arsenal are prepared to pay as much as £60million to secure the services of Thomas Lemar from Monaco.

Arsenal certainly made a huge impact early on in the summer transfer window by acquiring the services of Saed Kolasinac and more notably, Alexandre Lacazette for a club record fee of around £52million.

Considering the fact that Arsenal are usually slow movers in the transfer market, the club making such big signings early on pleased the fans and the arrival of Lacazette has given the long suffering Gunners faithful hope that they finally can challenge for the Premier League title after years of disappointment.

That said though, Arsenal have not enjoyed an entirely positive time in the window so far as there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the futures of players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Mesut Ozil as all of them have entered the final year of their respective contracts at the Emirates Stadium.

Undoubtedly the player whose contractual situation seems to be troubling the Arsenal fans is of superstar attacker Alexis Sanchez. Much like the aforementioned players, Sanchez has also entered the final year of his contract with the Gunners and there is a real fear that the Chilean attacker will be leaving North London this summer – especially with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City interested in his services.

While manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that Sanchez will be staying put at Arsenal even if he does not sign a new contract with the club, the board might eventually look to cash in on the 28-year-old if an offer in excess of around £40million is put on the table.

If Sanchez leaves, Arsenal will surely need to bring in a replacement and there have been widespread reports that the Gunners have identified Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar as the ideal replacement for the ex-Udinese man.

Lemar enjoyed a stunning campaign last term, playing a key role in helping Monaco win the Ligue 1 title as well as guiding the French side to the semi-finals of the Champions League with his 14 goals and 17 assists in 55 appearances from a wide position.

Arsenal already have had a couple of bids for Lemar rejected and Monaco are said to be holding out for around £60million for the 21-year-old, which would be a club record purchase for Arsenal if they were to match the asking price to acquire the youngster.

Lemar is arguably one of the most exciting young talents in world football at the moment and although £60million looks steep, he could be a wonderful signing for Arsenal.

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