Arsene Wenger has today confirmed that the Gunners remain interested in both Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe.
Arsenal have reportedly bid twice for Lemar, with both £30 and £40m offers rejected by the Ligue 1 champions, but the suggestions are the Gunners are prepared to make a third bid in order to get their man.
At Arsenal’s opening pre-season tour press conference, Wenger remained coy on his side’s transfer dealings. Asked about potential bids for the 21 year-old, the Frenchman said: “All speculation at the moment. Nothing really concrete about any signing.”
And when pressed about specific bids, the boss added: “He’s a player that we follow, yes, we look at. But for the rest it’s only speculation.”
Wenger also hinted that his side remain interested in signing Lemar’s teammate Kylian Mbappe. The Arsenal boss believes competition for his signature is very high after the teenager emerged as one of Europe’s leading strikers last season.
“He’s a player who, when he gets up in the morning, can chose where he wants to go,” he said.
“There are not many players with that kind of luck because he’s 18 years of age and all of Europe has a red carpet open for him.”
Wenger has also urged Arsenal fans to breathe a sigh of relief after stating that he fully “expects” Alexis Sanchez to remain an Arsenal player – though we have been here before.
The Chilean has not travelled with the rest of the squad for the club’s pre-season tour of Australia. Sanchez is on holiday after taking national side Chile to the Confederations Cup final, but Wenger insists Sanchez will not be sold this summer.
Asked as to whether Sanchez had told Wenger he requested a move, the Gunners boss simply replied: “No.”
The Frenchman later added: “The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts. That’s what we want.” (via BBC Sport).
Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014, but the North Londoners have allowed his contract to run down to within a year of expiring and now risk losing the 28 year-old for free next summer.
Gooners, would you rather keep Sanchez knowing what he can offer? Or sell him and buy the younger Lemar? Let us know in the comments…