Thomas Lemar to Arsenal: Atletico star left out of squad, Gunners ‘in talks’ over £33m deal

Arsenal have been linked with a host of players during the January transfer window.

The Gunners do however look to be on the verge of completing their first deal of the window, with defender Pablo Mari set to join from Brazilian side Flamengo on loan with an option to buy.

But more players could follow the Spaniard through the door before deadline day.

Thomas Lemar is one name that has been linked with a January move as Mikel Arteta looks to add to his squad before next week.

So, could the Frenchman be playing his football at the Emirates Stadium in 2020?

Here’s everything we know about the Thomas Lemar to Arsenal transfer rumour.

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£92m bid

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.
(Image: Jun Sato/Getty Images)

“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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Atletico Madrid transfer

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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