Arsenal reportedly hold the advantage over Juventus in the pursuit of AS Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar. The 21-year-old had a top season with the Principality club last term as they bagged their first French title since the millennium.
Italian publication Calciomercato suggests that the north London outfit are leading the race to sign the France international following a breakthrough spell where he notched 14 goals and 17 assists last term.
The left-sided winger will have the luxury of Champions League at Stade Louis II next season, but he is nevertheless eyeing a bigger challenge with Arsenal a potential destination for the former Caen man.
Surprisingly enough, Arsene Wenger was offered the chance to sign Lemar on a cut-price deal, while the youngster was still at Caen in 2015, but the Frenchman opted to pass on the player as he had doubts over his potential.
The 67-year-old has, however, now realised the player’s abilities and as per Calciomercato, the Gunners could lodge a €30m attempt to sign the highly-rated attacker.
With Alexis Sanchez looking likely to leave th Emirates this summer, Lemar could be the perfect fit for the left wing role with his set piece taking abilites being a particular highlight of his progress.
At 21, Lemar is regarded as one of the finest talents in the French league, and a switch to England could enhance his chances of sealing a regular spot with Les Bleus ahead of the World Cup in Russia next year.
Lemar has already turned out five times for the Euro 2016 finalists with his debut coming as a substitute in the no-score draw against the Ivory Coast last year.