Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Thomas Lemar, who is prepared to sign a long term contract worth £90,000 per week, according to The Sun.
However, there is a substantial difference in valuation between the two clubs, with Monaco holding out for £80 million whilst the Gunners’ opening offer was far lower at just £30 million.
Who is he?
The 21-year-old winger can play anywhere across the front three, or in an attacking midfield role. Usually, he can be found on the left flank, which is where he has made all five of his national team appearances for France since his debut in November. The Monaco winger exploded onto the scene this season with his impressive form for the club in Ligue Un and the Champions League.
Where has he been?
Monaco signed Lemar from Caen for just £4 million only two years ago, and are now seeking to make a 200% profit on the winger. It was his impressive debut season for Caen in their return to the top flight that earned him a move, after a handful of introductory appearances as the side won promotion from Ligue Deux in 2014. Before that, he played for Solidarite Scolaire in Guadelope, the French territory in the Caribbean.
What is his style of play?
Comparisons have been drawn to the likes of Anthony Martial and Thierry Henry. Whilst Lemar has less of a tendency to cut inside and move into central positions, he poses a strong threat to goal with his excellent finishing and long range shooting.
A real menace with the ball when he dribbles down the flanks, Lemar has the perfect combination of being able to deliver a good ball into the box whilst also being able to take on a defender and leave him for dead as he breaks inside.
Also an astute free-kick and set piece taker, Lemar has close to the full package and has huge potential to continue improving. With such vision and a range of passing, he could easily play in a deeper playmaker role, whilst it is easy to imagine that he could excel in a central attacking role too.
What would his arrival mean for Arsenal?
With doubts already over the likes of Lucas Perez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil, the arrival of Lemar would only add competition to an already over populated position at the Emirates. Whilst Ozil could be the perfect companion setting him up from a central role, he would be an upgrade on the likes of Walcott.
That said, Lemar possesses exactly the kind of quality that the Gunners will require if they are to make an immediate return to the top four next season.
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