A lot depends on how hard the footballer is prepared to push and how high a buying club is prepared to go, and that seems to be the case with Arsenal target Thomas Lemar. And, Monaco are now set to table a £45 million bid for Alexis Sanchez in retaliation.
French champions Monaco are preparing a £45m bid for Arsenal want-away striker Alexis Sanchez.
The 21-year-old has become a full-fledged French global and has been linked with a move away from the club all summer.
Should Lemar join Barcelona, Arsenal are willing to consider Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez as an alternative choice - despite the fact that Craig Shakespeare has set the price tag on the Algerian winger at £50m. And in the wake of such comments, the Gunners have intensified their pursuit for a wide attacker, with Riyad Mahrez and Thomas Lemar the two priority options.
Monaco have already rejected three offers from the Gunners and have time and again reiterated their desire to hold on to the 21-year-old Lemar beyond the end of the transfer window. Other clubs remain interested, but it's Monaco pushing forward with most intent right now, a situation Arsene Wenger will be very conscious of. The north London club are said to be preparing an eight-player clear out to fund a move for the France global, who is said to be keen to move to the Emirates Stadium this summer.