Thomas Lemar has reportedly made a decision regarding his future amid talk of leaving Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.
The French midfielder has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and even Wolves reported to be in the race for his signature.
Diego Simeone has opened up on the midfielder’s future saying: “The facts speak for themselves, better than words,” Simeone said, as per Get Football News France. “It is certain that he has not been able to show all his qualities.
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“Each time that he has been available, I have tried to play him. I have always been enthusiastic about his qualities as a player.
“He has not met the expectations set for him, but we have always had the same expectations. Today, who is to know if he will stay or not… His representatives are working hard. The clubs, they, operate on what they need.”
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.