Arsenal have left it late to draft in Alexis Sanchez’s expected replacement, and are set to pay for their tardiness.
Manchester City representatives are in Sanchez’s native Chile in order to push through an eleventh hour move, and those negotiations are central to the uncharacteristic urgency Arsenal have shown today.
The £35m windfall that the Gunners have received from the sale of Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, along with Alexis’ impending departure, have lead the North Londoners to bid a mammoth £92m for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 31, 2017
Monaco are softening in their stance of keeping Thomas Lemar. Arsenal have bid £92M. (Sky Sports)
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The change of heart in Monaco’s stance is intriguing, given that Lemar’s teammate Kylian Mbappe is set for a near £160m move to PSG, along with Fabinho to either PSG or the Bundesliga. Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva have already set sail for Manchester City, as Tiemoué Bakayoko has also left the title winning squad.
Liverpool were the latest suitors to be refused the services of the 21-year-old, having had a bid of £64.8m turned down on Monday.
The extra £27m on offer from Arsenal appears to have swayed the Ligue 1 champions however, and the prospect of Sanchez and Lemar finding new clubs before the much-vaunted deadline of 11pm now appears a lot more palatable.
If accepted, the bid would outstrip the £89.3m that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last year.