Thomas Lemar is keen to join Arsenal and Monaco could be signing a potential replacement before the end of the window, according to reports.
The Gunners have had three bids for the 21-year-old rejected by the French champions, the most recent being an offer of £50 million.
L’Equipe claim that the midfielder wants a move to Arsene Wenger’s side this summer and a deal is not yet off the table as Monaco are looking at bolstering their options on the flanks.
The club are in talks with Rachid Ghezzal, who is available on a free transfer after being released by Lyon at the end of last season.
Ghezzal’s arrival could pave the way for Lemar’s transfer to Arsenal, but Monaco face competition for the Algerian winger from AC Milan and Nice.
Last week, Wenger insisted that Arsenal are still active in the transfer market having already signed Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac and did not rule out the possibility of a third marquee signing.
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‘The difficulty is to bring top-level players in because you pay a huge amount of money for very normal players at the moment. As well, all the big clubs are chasing the same players and that provokes huge inflation,’ he told Arsenal Player.
‘There’s the usual acceleration in the final part of August.
‘But I think you have always to be on alert every day, because a good opportunity might turn up.’