Arsenal are in danger of missing out on AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and they only have themselves to blame.
The Gunners had been in pole position to land the highly-rated youngster after beating off competition from North London rivals Tottenham for the France international.
However, Arsenal could now be in danger of missing out on the 21-year-old altogether and they really only have themselves to blame.
According to Ed Malyon of The Independent, the French champions were “surprised” at the Gunners’ low bid for the winger.
“Arsenal’s wild valuation suggested, according to sources in France, that their interest in the wideman is not genuine enough,” the report claims.
As a result the Principality Club, which doesn’t necessarily need cash from player sales because of its billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, is considering keeping hold of the player for another season.
It is thought that the club has spoken to Lemar, who is happy to spend another season playing regularly under Leonardo Jardim, before sealing the mega-money move the Ligue 1 side had hoped for.
Under the plans, Lemar would also sign an improved contract that is likely to include a substantial release clause.
The supposed plans could be an attempt to force Arsene Wenger’s hand and have Arsenal up their bid but it seems, either way, Monaco are very much in control of the situation.
This would represent the second time Wenger has missed out on Lemar, having attempted to sign him from previous club Caen prior to his move to Monaco.
Nevertheless, Wenger will be hoping his ties to the club will help him land a deal for the winger. Wenger spent seven years as manager of Monaco, winning Ligue 1 and Coupe de France during that time.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.