With the January transfer window open, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are both looking to strengthen their squads.
One player that has been linked with both clubs is Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar.
Arsenal were previously interested in signing Lemar in the 2017 summer transfer window, but a move never materialised despite a reported £90m bid.
But with Mikel Arteta keen to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window, Lemar has emerged once again as a potential target.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are finally able to make transfers again and have been linked to the French star as an alternative to Wilfried Zaha.
Spurs are also keen to add to their midfield options with Moussa Sissoko suffering a long-term injury.
With that said, here’s everything we know about the Lemar transfer rumours.
Back in the summer of 2017, Arsenal were first linked with a move for Lemar whilst he was still an AS Monaco player and he was seen as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez amid links to Manchester City.
In the end, Sanchez ended up staying at the Emirates until January.
The reason for that could have been because the Gunners weren’t able to secure a deal for Lemar and not without a lack of trying as Arsene Wenger revealed the club made a huge offer.
Arsene Wenger speaks to the media.
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“He decided to stay at Monaco,” Wenger told Telefoot – via the Daily Mail – in 2017. “Did we make a €100m offer? Yes. Are we going to make another offer? Yes.
“He is always ready to receive the ball, he is quite complete in both defence and attack.”
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Whether the Gunners did make another bid for Lemar as Wenger says has never been disclosed.
And with the Frenchman stepping down at the end of the 2017/2018 season, the north London outfit’s apparent interest in the midfielder vanished too.
As a result, Atletico Madrid swooped in and signed Lemar the following summer for a deal in the region of £52.7m.
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