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Monaco chief Vadim Vasilyev has admitted that there is a chance Arsenal will sign Lemar next summer.
Lemar who scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists in all competitions for Monaco last season was Arsenal’s top target but a deal couldn’t be completed due to several reasons.
Monaco initially didn’t want to sell the midfielder and rebuffed all Arsenal’s early attempt to sign him but changed their mind towards the closing days of the transfer window, leaving us with no time to complete a £90m deal which eventually fell through.
Arsenal were not the only club that tried to sign Lemar, as Liverpool also showed keen interest in him. Vasilyev has now revealed interested clubs could have the chance to sign him in the next summer break.
“Liverpool were really interested,” Vasilyev told Sky Sports. “But it was Arsenal that was really close to finalising the deal.
“It was quite close… I’m very happy he stayed with us. For us, we need a player like Thomas Lemar. He’s very important to our team.
“Definitely next summer will be something to look at, although you know in football there are no guarantees… I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to an exit next year.”
Wenger has reportedly identified Lemar as a top candidate to replace Alexis Sanchez who is set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season but Vasilyev ruling out Lemar’s sale in January means Arsenal would have to wait until the summer before signing the French man.