Monaco join the race to sign Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

GETTY Alexis Sanchez wants to leave Arsenal

Monaco are reportedly ready to make a £45million bid to seal the transfer of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and could use the Gunners' interest in Thomas Lemar in negotiations.

The same article states that Lemar is desperate for a move to The Emirates this summer and a transfer is not yet off the table because Monaco are still eying a potential replacement for the France global.

The Principality club have already lost a host of players this summer with Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy joining Manchester City, while Tiemoue Bakayoko has moved to Chelsea.

Lemar has been heavily linked with a move to The Emirates all summer as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of next season. The north London club are said to be preparing an eight-player clear out to fund a move for the France global, who is said to be keen to move to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for Lemar, who could cost the Gunners in the region of £45m, but Monaco are not keen on losing any more of their star men.

According to Sky Sports, Monaco are holding out for £50 million, with manager Leonardo Jardim stating that he can't guarantee that the Ligue 1 champions will be able to keep all of their star players. "So our goal is to work well with players who will stay here after the transfer window closes".

Elsewhere, Telefoot (h/t Metro Sport) report Arsenal approached Bayern for star winger Coman, but the Bavarian giants are not willing to open negotiations and the France worldwide wants to stay with his current club. "They know that the most important thing is the pitch".

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