Arsene Wenger has said that the Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar rejected a deadline day move to Arsenal after the club made a bid of £92 million. However, he has said that he will continue to pursue the player.
Arsenal hoped to sign Lemar following Manchester City’s £60 million offer for Alexis Sanchez, after Lemar’s refusal Arsenal were forced to turn down City’s offer.
Throughout the summer Wenger had said that Sanchez would not be allowed to leave the team if they couldn’t find a suitable replacement and speaking over the weekend Wenger admitted that Lemar turned down the chance of a move to the Premier League.
Speaking to beIN SPORTS Wenger said, “The player has chosen to stay at Monaco. I know we live in an era of transparency but at some stage, to respect everybody, you have to not talk too much about that. You have to respect what happens on the negotiation side.”
While there had a been a huge amount of speculation regarding Sanchez leaving the team, Wenger said that they weren’t close to signing a deal and that he is confident that the Chilean international is still committed to Arsenal.
“It was not very close, it’s very difficult for me to speak about that because what I want now is the player to focus on his career, on his season and Arsenal,” he said.
Speaking to Telefoot Wenger said that they will keep trying to sign Lemar when the transfer window opens again, presumably in January.
The window closed without a deadline day arrival for Arsenal, however, the club did manage to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a deal rising to £52 million in July and the defender Sead Kolasinac joined from Schalke on a free transfer.