Arsenal are clearly keen to land AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar this summer, but reliable BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein believes that the club are growing increasingly less optimistic over their chances of a move.
Twitter: Arsenal growing less optimistic of signing Lemar. Still trying but other Monaco exits reduce chances. Intention remains to keep Sanchez #AFC (@bbcsport_david)
The Gunners have reportedly lodged two offers already for the France international, both worth upwards of £30m, but the Ligue 1 champions are digging their heels in. They are keen to retain their key players this summer and off the back of the sales of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva, are ready to shut up shop.
Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of Lemar, but with Monaco ready to refuse all offers for the wide man, he may have to move on to other targets.
Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez has often been cited as a backup option, should Arsenal fail to land Lemar.