Arsenal continues to be interested in Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, and have now added teammate Thomas Lemar to the shopping list.
We continue to believe the Mbappe deal is not likely to happen, not because of his lack of talent, he evidently has that in surplus, but because Wenger is not likely to spend anything in the region of the reported valuation of the player.
Thomas Lemar, on the other hand, is being eyed by Chelsea, considering the speed with which Chelsea often operate in the transfer market, they will be done and dusted while Arsenal is still mulling over whether to make a bid or not.
We reported earlier that Arsenal is in front of the queue to sign Lacazette, we think, this is a plausible rumour because Wenger is a long-term admirer of the player, and since his move to Atletico is not now likely.
Earlier in the week, there was a rumour making the rounds that Wenger is going for Madrid’s James Rodriguez. There does not seem to be a steam behind this rumour.
Valued at £50m, the player will be looking to move away from the Santiago Bernabeu stadium because of his lack of action, but talk of a move to the Emirate seems to have fizzled out just as quick as it started.
Riyad Mahrez and Juventus’s Mario Lemina have also been linked to Arsenal.
Mahrez has made his intention known that he wishes to quit Leicester, he has since backtracked hence we don’t know what to read into that. Mario Lemina, a squad player at Juventus, although still young, at 23 not considered as a valuable player by Allegri, which is why I guess he was linked to Arsenal?
Maybe if Arsenal cannot compete financially with the big European clubs for other marquee players, they will take one on a plate from Juve?
Traditionally, Arsenal get linked to many players but often do not sign any of them, we do think this year will be different for the following reasons
Wenger is looking to rebuild his team following the failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20years.
Wenger only saves his job by the skin of his teeth, although he is not known to buckle under pressure from fans there seems to be a sign of pressure getting to him towards the end of the season.
The entire board members are no longer unanimous in their support for the French man but still retain full support of Stan Kroenke
Two of his key players, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are yet to commit their future. The contract negotiation of these two players will affect the structure of the rebuilding project, as the club must keep an eye on the financial fair play rule.
In any case, Ozil and Sanchez leaving or staying would not stop the team from buying, Wenger, time is of the essence though!