Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to make a third bid for Thomas Lemar – and is convinced the France winger wants to join Arsenal.
Arsenal have already seen bids of £30million and the latest £40m offer turned down by the French champions but are desperate to get their man.
The Gunners are said to be willing to pay more than £45m, which would once again beat the old club record transfer fee paid out for Mesut Ozil in 2013.
The North London outfit are certainly not holding back this summer, having already splashed out £52m to land Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, and they favour a move for Lemar over Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez as Wenger continues to look for fresh attacking talent ahead of the new season.
Lemar’s representatives have held talks with Monaco and Arsenal in trying to get the deal over the line, with the biggest obstacle being that the French club do not want to sell all of their best players, according to the report in the Daily Mirror.
They have already offloaded Bernardo Silva to Manchester City, while Tiemoue Bakayoko has been strongly linked with Chelsea and Manchester United and Kylian Mbappe is wanted by PSG and Real Madrid, amongst others.
Lemar is being viewed as a potential replacement for contract rebel Alexis Sanchez, who looks increasingly likely to leave this summer, particularly after the arrival of Lacazette to fill his central striking role.