Arsenal have already made an approach for France international Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid, but Mikel Arteta faces stiff competition for his signature from rivals Tottenham. But, Atletico manager Diego Simeone has rebuffed both offers from the north London clubs.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Lemar for a number of years, and they were close to signing the forward in 2018.
But, the deal fell through, and the 24-year-old moved from Monaco to Atletico six months later.
After failing to impress Simeone this season, Atletico are reportedly willing to sanction Lemar’s sale this month.
Both Arsenal and Spurs have already made bids for the left winger, according to AS.
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But, the offers were believed to be far short of the club’s valuation for the player.
Arsenal boss Arteta has already admitted that he has a transfer ‘wishlist’, amid reports linking the Gunners to Lemar.
Arteta has also been linked with a move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, who plays in a similar position to Lemar.
But, he said it’s difficult to attract the right players during the winter transfer market.
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“Yeah but it has to be the right player in the right context, that financially we can compete and we can attract, and all these factors to put them together is not easy in this market,” said Arteta.
Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has just completed his first deal as Spurs boss, after confirming the transfer of Gedson Fernandes.
After a long-term injury to star striker Harry Kane, Tottenham may be in the market to buy a new forward player to bridge the gap until the end of the season.
Mourinho confirmed that the club would be looking at solutions to the injury problem this month.
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“If the boss arrives with a solution that can help us to face this difficult months that we are going to have ahead of us then be it, then welcome,” he said.
“But if we don’t find the right solution the right opportunity then we are going to wait for the next summer to try to make the right decisions for the evolution of the team.
“So let’s wait, calm, but in this moment my focus is total on the players that we have available. That’s the way it is.”
Lemar has seen his value plummet since arriving at Atletico in July 2018.
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He was signed from Monaco in a £63million deal, but is yet to impress at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Lemar has started nine league matches for Atletico this season, out of a possible 19.
He was used as a substitute on six occasions, but is currently on the sidelines with a muscle injury.
The forward hasn’t scored or assisted a goal in all competitions for the club this season, despite featuring 21 times in total.
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