SunSport revealed earlier this week that the Lemar deal is almost done
As SunSport revealed earlier this week, the Gunners are on the brink of sealing a deal with the Ligue 1 club.
Arsenal have had a third bid of £45million for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar rejected
But the Ligue 1 club are coming to the realisation that they have to sell
And French sports newspaper L’Equipe have reported that Arsenal have made another bid of €50m (£44.68m) after their previous offers of €40m and €45m were rejected.
This bid was also rejected – but Monaco are starting to realise they may have to sell.
As SunSport also revealed, 21-year-old Lemar has already agreed terms, in principle, to move to north London.
Monaco owner Vadim Vasilyev has previously been steadfast in his refusal to sell the youngster, but is having a change of heart.
With key men Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy already sold – and Kylian Mbappe linked with a blockbuster move away – Monaco are facing a full rebuild.
Arsenal will make an improved offer in the coming days.
Lemar scored 12 goals and added 14 assists for title-winning Monaco last season
Arsene Wenger will return with an improved bid for the 21-year-old
Guadeloupe-born France international Lemar scored 12 goals and added 14 assists in all competitions as Monaco shocked Paris Saint-Germain to win Ligue 1.
Leonardo Jardim’s side also reached the semi-final of the Champions League.
Lemar’s arrival would likely see Arsene Wenger break through the £100million spending barrier for the first time.
The £92m spent last summer – on Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and others – was a record.
Wenger has already spent a club record £52m on Alexandre Lacazette and brought in Saed Kolasinac on a free transfer as he plots a way for the Gunners to return to Champions League and title contention.
However, the futures of Alexis Sanchez, who is set to return to training this week, Lucas Perez and Kieran Gibbs still need to be resolved.
Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog
Monaco star who is Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s top target this summer… but is Thomas Lemar worth the money?