Arsenal face competition to sign Arsene Wenger’s number one target, reveals insider

Arsenal will now have to see off competition from Barcelona to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco, according to Aidan Magee

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsenal face competition from Barcelona to sign Arsene Wenger’s number one target Thomas Lemar, according to Aidan Magee.

The Gunners have been linked with a move to sign the Monaco midfielder throughout the summer transfer window but a deal has failed to materialise so far.

Indeed, Arsenal are rumoured to have failed with two bids to sign the France international as the Ligue 1 champions look to keep one of their prized assets.

The French side have already sold Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and sanctioned the sale of Benjamin Mendy and Thomas Lemar to Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

However, La Liga giants Barcelona have now entered the race to sign Lemar as the Spanish side look to reinvest some of the £198m raised from the sale of Neymar to Monaco’s title rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

Sky Sports News reporter Magee shed light on the north London side’s chances of signing Lemar in the summer transfer window.

“Let’s go to Arsenal. This is a player they have been pursuing for some months now, but it looks as if they may have some competition,” Magee told Sky Sports News on Monday.

“Potentially bad news for Arsenal fans concerning Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar. Arsenal have been in talks to sign him all summer but Monaco are so far refusing to sell.

“We’re now told that Barcelona are also interested in signing him. He’s been Arsene Wenger’s number one target throughout the close season so they would be absolutely crestfallen to lose out on him, you would think.”

Lemar scored nine goals and made 10 assists in 34 appearances in Ligue 1 last season to attract interest from some of Europe’s top club.

Arsenal have signed Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have also added Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

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