Arsenal submitted a £92million transfer bid for Monaco star Thomas Lemar, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
Lemar, 21, was being lined up as Alexis Sanchez’s replacement at the Emirates, with the Chilean set for a move to Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola failed in his pursuit of the forward.
Liverpool were also understood to be expressing a strong interest in Lemar, with the Frenchman reportedly keen on a switch to Anfield.
The youngster, though, decided to remain at the Stade Louis II for the 2017/18 campaign but Wenger admits the Gunners did table a mammoth offer.
Asked about Arsenal’s deadline day offer for Lemar, Wenger told Telefoot: ‘€100m (£92m) for Lemar? Yes all true, I wanted him.
‘He decided to stay at Monaco.’
Wenger claims that Arsenal’s pursuit of Lemar is not over and revealed the north London club are already preparing their next move.
He added: ‘We will come back for him.’