Gunners’ fantasy with Mbappe ends, pursuit for French star duo resumes

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Arsenal have ended their interest in Kylian Mbappe to focus all their attentions on securing the services of French duo Alexandre Lacazette and Thomas Lemar.

Arsenal have reportedly accepted the chances of signing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe this summer are small and are set to focus on signing Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon and Mbappe’s team-mate Thomas Lemar instead.

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According to reports in France, Arsenal are just a “step away” from securing the services of Lacazette. Lacazette – who notched up 28 goals last season – tops the wishlist of many premium clubs of Europe.

Lyon are ready to sell Lacazette and the recent signing of Bertrand Traore from Chelsea and Mariano Diaz from Real Madrid have have confirmed the fact that Lyon are preparing for Lacazette’s departure.

“He wants to leave,” confirmed Lyon’s CEO, Aulas. “We will discuss it in the coming weeks. If so, offers will be heard, provided they match the value of the player. We have not received any concrete offers for Lacazette up to now but that could happen at any moment.”

The Gunners have had a £44m bid for Lacazette rejected but they remain hopeful of grabbing him. Aulas is believed to be holding out for an offer of over £55m for Lacazette, who scored 36 goals in all competition last season. The Gunners, however, are hoping to do a deal closer to the £50m mark.

However, Arsenal are far from cracking Lemar’s deal as Monaco have clearly clarified the fact the they have no intention of selling Thomas Lemar this summer.

The Gunners had a bid of around £31m rejected this week and Monaco warned Arsenal that they would not entertain further bids.

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According to reports in France, Monaco were shocked at how low Arsenal’s opening offer was for the 21-year-old France international. Lemar is known for his versatility, able to play on both wings and through the centre. Lemar was one of the stars of Leonardo Jardim’s squad last season and scored 14 goals in 55 appearances as Monaco beat PSG for the Ligue 1 title.