For the Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern, Thomas Lemar is the perfect January target. The Gunners are in need of further attacking quality, and Lemar would certainly provide that. However, it seems that the Lemar-dreaming Emirates faithful will be left feeling glum this month.
According to Goal, Arsenal are facing disappointment in their quest to land Thomas Lemar in January. Monaco’s demands, which are thought to be around the £60 million mark, fall far beyond Arsenal’s valuation of just £40 million – meaning that they could be priced out of a player that is described as a ‘key target’ for the club. Instead, a move for Brazilian winger Malcom, who has a more attractive price tag, reportedly looks more likely.
Though Malcom is a top player, the news regarding Lemar is sure to come as a blow to our resident Gunners. The Frenchman, who currently plays for Monaco, has continued to impress in France this season following on from a breakout campaign last season. Offering pace, flair, technique and goals, Lemar would have been the perfect replacement for Sanchez.
Indeed, the January window is beginning to look like a very familiar one for the Gunners. They’ve signed an unknown quantity in Konstantinos Mavropanos, they’re looking likely to sell a big name in Alexis Sanchez – and now they look set to miss out on another key target.
Certainly, the news surrounding Malcom is positive, but his arrival could be tinged with a slight sense of disappointment when Arsenal fans think about what could have been.
Malcom is a top player, make no mistake. Like Lemar, he’s quick, technical and he brings incredible flair – but he lacks the star power of the Frenchman.
With Sanchez leaving, Arsenal fans appear desperate for a big, household name, and Malcom simply isn’t it – regardless of his quality.
Still, with Lemar likely to remain a key target for the club, our resident Gunners are holding out hope that a summer move may be more likely.
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