Journalist claims top 21-year-old would rather sign for Man United than Arsenal

Duncan Castles claims that Thomas Lemar would rather sign for Manchester United than Arsenal this summer

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Thomas Lemar would rather sign for Manchester United than Arsenal this summer, according to journalist Duncan Castles.

The France international has been heavily linked with a transfer away from Monaco throughout the summer, with Arsenal thought to be the team most keen on bringing the 21-year-old to the Premier League.

However, despite all of the speculation linking Arsenal with a move to bring Lemar to The Emirates, a transfer has failed to materialise, and with the deadline now looming large, it would appear that a deal is off the cards.

Now, though, Sunday Times jounalist Castles has claimed that the player himself would rather secure a move to Manchester United that Arsenal this summer.

Journalist Castles wrote on Twitter: “Thomas Lemar would rather join Manchester United than Arsenal. #MUFC #AFC #ASMFC #FRA.”

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

Speaking at a news conference last week, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger described the Gunners’ hopes of completing a deal to sign Lemar as “dead”, making it look even more unlikely that they will sign him.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have brought in three new faces after signing Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof.

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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