Arsenal and Liverpool have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Monaco sensation Thomas Lemar, according to reports in France.
Both Premier League clubs were keen on landing Lemar last summer, but Monaco managed to keep hold of the 22-year-old attacking midfielder ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
It’s understood Arsenal were the closest to signing Lemar but the Gunners’ move for the Frenchman collapsed following Manchester City’s failed bid for Alexis Sanchez.
L’Equipe suggests the France international is now determined to complete a move to England and has rejected Monaco’s offer of a bumper new deal. Lemar, who is currently on wages of £22,000-a-week at the Stade Louis II, is out of contract in the summer of 2020.
Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev sent a warning to Arsenal and Liverpool over their interest last month. He said: ‘If Liverpool or Arsenal come with a big offer before the end of the market? This is not relevant.
‘We will say ‘no’ because the objectives are clear. ‘Without important players like Lemar, we will not succeed.’