BBC journalist replies when asked if Arsenal will sign 21-year-old attacker

David Ornstein suggests it is very unlikely that Arsenal will sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco this summer

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Arsenal are “very unlikely” to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco this summer at this stage, according to BBC journalist David Ornstein.

The north London side have been heavily linked with a bid to land the 21-year-old France international for much of the summer but a move has failed to materialise so far.

There have been widespread reports suggesting that Arsenal have had a number of bids for Lemar turned down by Monaco as Arsene Wenger looks for his third signing of the summer.

Monaco appear to be determined to keep hold of the midfielder this summer and reporter Ornstein says that it would take an “incredible” bid from Arsenal to convince the French champions to sell Lemar.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Ornstein said: “It’s very unlikely Arsenal will sign him now.

“There is interest there but Monaco have made their stance pretty clear that he’s not for sale and it would take an incredible amount of money for Arsenal to prise him away.”

Arsenal have signed two players so far this summer after having tied up deals for striker Alexandre Lacazette and defender Sead Kolasinac.

However, Wenger is thought to be on the lookout for a number of other signings as he looks to further strengthen his squad before the close of the transfer window at the end of the month.

Arsenal finished in a disappointing fifth place in the Premier League last season and will have to settle for Europa League football this term.

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