Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Lemar is the latest hot cake in January transfer window as top European clubs, including Arsenal are in a race to sign him.
Apart from Arsenal, premier League clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham and Wolves want the French midfielder’s signature.
Spanish newspaper Marca, suggest that the Gunners are ready to offer striker Alexandre Lacazette for the 24-year-old Lemar.
But Atletico Madrid will only consider the offer if their bid for PSG’s Edinson Cavani fails.
“Facts speak better than words. Lemar is an important player who hasn’t been able to develop his game but who has characteristics that others don’t have.” Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone said.
Back in 2017, the Gunners wanted to sign Lemar under Arsene Wenger who wanted him to replace Alexis Sanchez at the time.
Lemar who was an AS Monaco player at the time, refused the offer and Sanchez ended up staying with Arsenal until 2019 summer signing when he moved to Inter Milan on loan.
“He (Lemar) 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.”
Arsenal made another offer but when Wenger left in 2018, the Gunners seemed to lose interest. And so, Atletico Madrid took advantage of the opportunity to sign Lemar in the region of £52.7m deal.
But Lemar has not enjoyed top form since he joined the Spanish side having only scored just three goals and registered three assists in 64 appearances across all competitions for Los Rojiblancos.
With many clubs interested in the midfielder, Atletico want to be paid £60million to enable the Spanish club to sign a new striker.