Arsenal’s Lemar chase now have a major rival in Barcelona according to the TELEGRAPH
Arsenal attempt to force a deal through for Thomas Lemar on the transfer deadline day failed, with the club remaining very keen to return in January for the French attacking midfielder.
Alexis Sanchez who Lemar is to replace at Arsenal still remain exit bound, and there is bound to be an approach from City for him in January, although a recent report suggests Guardiola is now happy to wait until July to get his man on a free transfer rather than pay £30m in January, in any case, Alexis Sanchez is not renewing his Arsenal contract and there does not seem any hope of such, which makes the signing of an established replacement a priority.
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Barcelona entering the race to sign Lemar will throw Arsenal bid off balance.
Bayern Munich pulled out of the race to sign Lemar sighting his asking price as astronomical, while Liverpool remains a contender.
Barcelona is not a club known to shy away from splashing the cash, and failure to secure the services of Liverpool’s Philip Coutinho may have switched their attention to Lemar.
Face with the choice between Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona, chances are that the player will choose Barcelona, a prospect Arsenal would not fancy.
Arsenal legend Robert Pires warned that the club’s opportunity to sign Lemar has now passed