Manchester City ready to scupper Liverpool and Arsenal hopes of signing Thomas Lemar
Arsenal have tracked the France international since his time at Caen and failed with a £90million bid on deadline day last August after the left-sided forward decided to remain at Monaco wtih the Gunners having accepted a bid from City for Alexis Sanchez.
The runaway Premier League leaders subsequently dropped their interest in the Chile international in January. City failed to agree a fee, were unwilling to bow to the demands of the 29-year-old’s agent and allowed Sanchez to move to local rivals Manchester United unopposed.
Despite enjoying a staggering 16-point lead and boasting one of the most formidable attacks in Europe, City and Pep Guardiola are already gearing up for an assault on the summer transfer market in a bid to maintain their position of dominance.
City retain an interest in Eden Hazard but the Daily Telegraph claims Chelsea will not sell to a domestic rival and will therefore turn their attentions to Lemar.
Liverpool were said to be closing in on agreement with the 22-year-old as they eye their own long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho, but City could blow Jurgen Klopp’s side out of the water with a far more lucrative offer.
Guardiola is also ready to go toe-to-toe with United for Shakhtar’s Brazil international midfielder Fred.
‘Of course we buy a lot of players and they have helped us a lot and next summer is to buy one or two players more,’ said Guardiola on Friday.
‘So our market in the summer will be cheaper. If you want to compete at a high level of competitions you need the good players, and the good players make good managers, good clubs.’