Arsenal have had a £92million offer accepted for Thomas Lemar as they make what would be a British record move for the Monaco attacking midfielder.
With Monaco having signed Keita Balde Diao, presumably as a replacement for Lemar, one would have assumed that a deal would have gone ahead faster.
Arsene Wenger's interest in Thomas Lemar is said to long term, with the Gunners boss admiring the winger since his time at Caen.
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The teenager joins the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko in leaving during a painful window for the Ligue 1 champions, who must now hope Lemar bucks the trend and stays put in the principality.
His situation is also complicated by the fact that France are in World Cup qualifying action on Thursday against the Netherlands. "He has an incredible ability to dribble and shoot", Jemerson said to Goal.
When comparing the two the Chilean comes out well on top in terms of goals scored (24) against the Frenchman (9), however they were level on assists (10) in their respective league campaigns last season.
Following a first bid of €72m + €8m (turned down), and then another of €50m + €30m + Origi on loan for a year (also turned down), it seems the Reds then offered €75m (bonuses included).