Arsenal in talks to make top 21-year-old their third signing, claims insider

Talks between Arsenal and Monaco about Thomas Lemar are ongoing, according to Dharmesh Sheth

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Arsenal remain in talks with Monaco about the possibility of signing Thomas Lemar this summer, according to Dharmesh Sheth.

The Sky Sports News reporter is claiming that the north London side are still hoping to secure the signature of the 21-year-old France star, despite the Ligue 1 club’s insistence that he is not for sale.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Lemar throughout the summer transfer window as Arsene Wenger looks to secure his third signing ahead of next season.

Now, reporter Sheth says Arsenal remain very much interested in trying to bring Lemar to The Emirates before the close of the summer transfer window.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Friday evening, Sheth said: “Despite Monaco’s insistence that he stays at the club, we understand Arsenal maintain a keen interest in the player.

“It’s thought talks between the clubs continue.

“Monaco’s not for sale stance has been seen in some quarters as a way to encourage Arsenal to make a higher offer.

“Perhaps we haven’t heard the last of Thomas Lemar in this window.”

Arsenal have made two signings so far this summer after having completed deals to land Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette.

The north London side are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as they look to improve on their fifth-placed finish last term.

Fact file: Thomas Lemar

– Thomas Lemar moved to AS Monaco from Ligue 2 side Caen in the 2015 summer transfer window.

– The 21-year-old scored five times in 34 top-flight games in his first season in the Principality.

– However, Lemar came into his own with a return of 14 goals in 55 appearances in all competitions in 2016-17.

– The France star helped AS Monaco to win the Ligue 1 titles and reach the Champions League semi-finals before losing to Italian club Juventus.

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