MONACO star Thomas Lemar has agreed personal terms with Arsenal – but the Gunners still have a mountain to climb to bag the winger.
The French international has told the French outfit he wants to make the switch to the Premier League this summer.
SunSport understands a long term deal on around £90,000-a-week has been agreed between the Gunners and the player’s representatives.
Lemar has another three years left on his current deal and the numbers agreed with the Gunners dwarf his current relatively modest Ligue 1 pay packet.
There have been suggestions Monaco will try to hold on to their player for another year hoping his value will increase.
The French giants are looking for a staggering £80million for the winger they bagged from Caen for just £4m two years ago.
That is way off Arsenal’s opening bid of £30m which was rejected out of hand by last season’s Champions League semi-finalists and an improved offer of £40m got the same treatment.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of Lemar and despite Monaco stating the player is not for sale will push hard to land him this summer.
The Gunners are keen to maintain momentum in the transfer window following the club-record signing of striker Alexandre Lacazette.
But Arsenal may have to smash their club transfer record again this summer to have any chance of landing Lemar this summer.
The French champions have already lost Bernardo Silva to Manchester City and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is close to joining Chelsea.
Monaco are also fighting to keep full back Benjamin Mendy and Fabinho and striker Kylian Mbappe.