Insider reveals who Arsenal want to make third summer signing (not Riyad Mahrez)

Daily Mirror reporter John Cross reveals that Arsenal want to make AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar their third summer signing

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Arsenal have made signing AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar their next priority in the summer transfer window, according to John Cross.

The Daily Mirror reporter has taken to Twitter to shed light on the north London side’s transfer plans after an eventful week at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal signed Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in a £52m club-record deal as Arsene Wenger significantly bolstered his attacking options ahead of next season.

Now, the Gunners boss is mooted to have turned to AS Monaco’s Lemar in order to improve the supporting act behind Lacazette ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.

According to reports in the British media earlier this month, Arsenal have already had a £30m bid rejected by the Ligue 1 champions but the Gunners are expected to return with an improved offer.

Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez has also been linked with a potential move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer transfer window.

However, Daily Mirror reporter Cross has revealed that Lemar is the north London side’s first-choice option and Mahrez is merely a back-up.

Cross wrote on Twitter: “Thomas Lemar is Arsenal’s first choice next signing. Mahrez is flattering himself if he thinks he’s anything other than back up option.”

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