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Arsenal confident of landing Ligue 1 star as Sanchez replacement

Arsenal are confident of landing AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar as a replacement for the outbound Alexis Sanchez by the end of the month, reports The Mirror.

The Gunners attempted to sign the France international on deadline day during the summer, lodging a sensational £92 million bid, that was accepted by Monaco.

However, when Lemar decided to stay put in France, the deal fell through – as did Alexis Sanchez’s proposed £60 million move to Manchester City.

The French champions were adamant they were not to part ways with any players this January after having lost over £300 million in talent during the summer in the forms of Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and co., but boss Leonardo Jardim has since given fresh hope that they could part ways with Lemar this month.

“We do not typically sell players in the winter transfer window,” Jardim said. “But the month is long and many things could happen.”

Any move for Lemar would likely cost near to £100 million, and would be dependent on the player’s desire to leave his club mid-season – especially with a World Cup on the horizon this summer.

Arsenal are also likely to face heavy competition for his signature from Liverpool – who recently sold star man Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona – and Chelsea, who have previously stated their interest in the 22-year-old midfielder.

Lemar has managed only two goals and four assists in all competitions this season for Monaco, who currently sit second in Ligue 1.

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