According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are close to signing Monaco and France winger Thomas Lemar, 21, for $42 million. Lemar shone for the French champions last season and will have already endeared himself to Gunners fans after scoring home and away against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season, as Monaco reached the semifinals. With Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Radamel Falcao getting plenty of the headlines, Lemar’s displays flew under the radar.
With the transfer window open and buzzing, we take a look at some of the transfer rumors and news around the world of soccer, from Major League Soccer to Europe. The reigning Premier League champs are on the verge of securing a $44 million deal for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to ESPNFC. With Nemanja Matic looking to be on his way to Manchester United, Chelsea looks set to reload its midfield with the talented 22-year-old, who debuted for France in March. According to The Telegraph, West Ham is aiming to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for over $20 million. The France international could see a lack of minutes as the Emirates if Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon joins the Gunners
This summer, though, will determine whether A.S. Monaco has any more than a butterfly’s duration near the summit of the game. Monaco’s current group of young players have caught roving eyes across the European game. Here are the players Monaco could lose this summer—and the way it can rebuild again after them.