Arsenal told exciting 21-year-old attacker is not for sale

Arsenal have suffered a blow after Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insists Thomas Lemar is not for sale this summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has told Arsenal to forget about signing France star Thomas Lemar this summer.

The Gunners have been linked with a £50m offer to sign the Monaco forward over the past week as Arsene Wenger looks to land his third summer signing.

Arsenal have reportedly failed with two bids to sign the 21-year-old playmaker and have been quoted a £60m asking price for the Ligue 1 title winner.

Wenger is facing a battle to keep key star Alexis Sanchez beyond the summer transfer window and Lemar was touted as a potential replacement for the Chile international.

Lemar scored nine times and made 10 assists in 34 appearances in the French top flight last season to help AS Monaco to beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title.

And Monaco vice-president Vasilyev has ruled out Lemar or rumoured Manchester United target Fabinho leaving the French club this summer.

“Fabinho and Thomas Lemar are essential players, they will stay with us,” Vasilyev told Sky Sports.

Arsenal started their summer transfer activity with the signing of Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04.

The Gunners broke their transfer record after Arsenal spent £52m on France international Alexandre Lacazette from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

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