It appears that Arsenal transfer target Thomas Lemar will have to push for a move from Monaco to the North London side as the negotiations have fallen on hard ground, football.london reported on Tuesday.
Arsenal now have seen two bids rejected by Monaco for the French midfielder, with the second one reportedly in the region of £40m.
Arsene Wenger is set to return with a third offer, totalling of near £50m, but this still may not be enough as Monaco remain adamant that the sale of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea was their last of the summer.
The 21-year-old was a key part of a very impressive Monaco side last season, bagging 14 goals in 55 appearances as Monaco claimed the Ligue 1 title.
Lemar is a talented midfielder with the ability to play on both wings and through the centre, offering Wenger a lot of coverage across his front line.
Lemar has also dropped hints that he would like a switch to North London, a move that would more than double his wages, but the youngster will certainly have to push for the move from the team who provided him the platform to push himself into the French national side.
Wenger confirmed on Tuesday that he was still looking to strengthen his squad during this window, stating that,
“We are very active on the transfer market and have already realised two incomings. We have to keep a balance as well, that you don’t destabilise the team too much by bringing in too many players.
“But we are still active on the transfer market so let’s see what kind of opportunities we can find.”