Arsenal’s third offer of £45m won’t tempt club to sell attacker – report

AS Monaco are adamant Thomas Lemar won't be sold this summer despite Arsenal's £45m offer, according to reports in England

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AS Monaco are adamant that Thomas Lemar won’t be sold this summer despite Arsenal increasing their offer to £45m, according to reports in England.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Gunners have made a third attempt to sign the France international from the Ligue 1 champions in the summer transfer window.

However, the same article has some bad news for Arsenal fans as it reveals that AS Monaco are determined not to sell the 21-year-old despite the north London side’s best efforts.

Indeed, the Ligue 1 champions view Lemar as an important chess piece to convince Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract and ignore overtures from La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Arsenal have signed two players in the summer transfer window so far as Arsene Wenger looks to rebuild following a fifth-place finish last term.

Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac completed a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 to bolster their left-back options before Arsenal signed Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record deal.

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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