Arsenal have suffered massive blow in their transfer plans after seeing two big transfer bids turned down this week, according to reports.
The Gunners are keen to make some high profile signings this summer alongside tying down Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil with new deals. Despite their main focus being to keep hold of their two stars, Arsenal will also need to build a strong squad for next season after failing to finish in top four.
Arsene Wenger has promised fans to spend big this summer but has so far managed only Sead Kolasinac from German club Schalke on a free transfer.
RMC Sport’s chief editor Mohamed Bouhafsi reported that the Gunners got a €35 million offer rejected by AS Monaco for midfielder Thomas Lemar.
Lemar is one of the key players for Monaco last season as he played a massive role in their Ligue 1 triumph. Another report from BBC correspondent, David Omstein revealed that Arsenal’s initial bid for Lyon striker Alaxendre Lacazette was also rejected.
The 26-year old is one of the priority signings for Wenger this summer as he miss out on moving to Atletico Madrid, after the Spanish side were banned from transfer activity.
Lacazette is one of the best strikers in Europe at the moment after scoring 37 goals for Lyon across all competitions last season.
Lyon are desperate to keep hold of their player for at least another six months until Atletico comes back to sign him but Arsenal are determined to make a deal happen in the summer.
On the other hand, the transfer fee for Lemar also looks bit low as the 22-year old has plenty of potential and a £31m bid needs to be improved in order to stand a chance to sign him.
Monaco had already sold Bernardo Silva to Manchester City and are the verge of selling Bakayoko to Chelsea in the coming days. Losing Lemar would be a huge setback for the club which is why Gunners will need to make a bigger bid to lure the French club into the deal.
Wenger will need to make more aggressive bidding to get their signings as they look to build a team that can challenge Premier League next season.