Arsenal plot January Lemar move

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Arsenal have reportedly made a decision to use Alexis Sanchez as a makeweight in a deal to take AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar to the Emirates Stadium in January.

However, the move failed to materialise, and Arsene Wenger has said it is "not true" Lemar rejected Arsenal but that "he chose to stay at Monaco", according to Pat McLoughlin at Sky Sports.

As far as the transfers are concerned, the Gunners missed out on signing Thomas Lemar from Monaco on deadline day of the summer transfer window.

Lemar, 21, joined Monaco from SM Caen back in 2015, and the Guadeloupe born wide man took Europe by storm last season, bagging 11 goals and 14 assists in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

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Reports are suggesting the deal has been "agreed in principle" to bring Lemar to the Emirates in the New Year and he would become the club's most expensive signing in their history.

Sanchez, meanwhile, is in the previous year of his Arsenal contract and was reportedly close to sealing a move to Manchester City on deadline day, only for the Gunners to pull the plug due to their failure to recruit Lemar.

A £92m deal would smash Arsenal's transfer record and it would be a major statement of intent from the north Londoners if they could secure one of the brightest young talents in European football.

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