Arsenal’s renewed hopes of signing Thomas Lemar appear to have come crashing down, according to the latest reports from Diario AS.
The same publication reported earlier this week that the Gunners were in with a chance of signing the player as part of a swap deal for countryman and long-term Atleti target Alexandre Lacazette.
It was an idea that had plenty of Arsenal fans talking. The North London side have been linked with a move for the French World Cup winner over a number of years.
Even Arsene Wenger once admitted to the press (as reported by The Guardian) that Arsenal had tried to sign the player from Monaco in 2017 in a £92 million deal.
However, AS is now suggesting that Lemar is not for sale. Whilst it seems the higher-ups at the Wanda Metropolitano would be happy to let Lemar leave, the report claims that manager Diego Simeone is looking to give Lemar another chance to shine with Los Colchoneros next season.
The report also touches on the transfer fee Atletico would be looking to receive for the player. Lemar is now valued at an absolute bargain €24 million (£21.5m), some £70.5 million less than Wenger was willing to pay for the player just three years ago.
But it seems Simeone is set to stand in the way of any potential Lemar sale, leaving Arsenal without a chance of securing a potential transfer bargain this summer.