Arsenal are closing in on a whopping £45m deal for Monaco star Thomas Lemar.
The Gunners have been desperate to land the French international and SunSport understands the Premier League side have finally made a breakthrough.
Arsene Wenger has already had bids rejected for the 21-year-old as Monaco were demanding as much as £80m for a player they signed from Caen two years ago.
Monaco were hoping the huge numbers quoted would deter Arsenal and help them keep Lemar for another season on the premise his value would increase further to spark a bidding war.
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- Impressive 14 goals and 14 assists in all competitions for Monaco last season
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- WhoScored rating of 7.48 in Ligue 1 – only four players ranked higher
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SunSport revealed earlier this month Lemar has already agreed terms with Arsenal and told the French champions to allow him to move to North London this summer.
Lemar will be Wenger’s third addition at the Emirates this summer as the French coach looks to lead the club back into title contention.
Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac have already been snapped up and the arrival of the Monaco star will be a huge boost for the Gunners, who would take their summer spending to £97m.
Lemar featured for Monaco in their last pre-season game at Benfica and will hope to get the green light to complete his switch to the Premier League before they face Paris-Saint Germain in Morocco this Saturday in the Trophee des champions.
The winger is set to follow Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, Valere Germain and Kylian Mbappe through the Stade Louis II exit door.
It remains to be seen whether Lemar will become a team-mate of or be a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who is still pushing for a move to Manchester City.
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