Date: 29th June 2017 at 8:13am
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Arsenal’s bid to attract summer targets has suffered another setback, according to the Guardian.

Monaco playmaker Thomas Lemar, a player Arsenal were thought to be closing in on a deal for, will not be coming to North London during the transfer window.

Having already sold Bernardo Silva to Manchester City, Monaco could lose Timeoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and Manchester United are keen on Fabinho. As the Ligue 1 champions are battling to retain Kylian Mbappe, of course interesting Arsenal and Real Madrid, they have insisted Lemar isn’t for sale.

These Guardian reports went as far to say this stance was ‘non-negotiable’ so we’ll have to decide if a bid, beyond the £31m package proposed, will be made, which could be seen as a waste of time if Monaco’s mind is made up.

Arsene Wenger, who could also miss out on Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, can’t afford to dilly dally on this one as the summer will soon pass and Arsenal could be left (further) behind.

In fact it has since been reported on the BBC, Arsenal have had an offer for Lacazette rejected, but ‘negotiations are still ongoing.’

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