Report: Arsenal increase offer for Thomas Lemar

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According to L’Equipe, Arsenal have submitted a second bid for midfielder Thomas Lemar.

An initial bid, apparently in the region of €40m, was made the week before last and rejected by the Ligue 1 outfit.

Now we’ve added another €5m to tempt Monaco into a sale, according to the French newspaper.

It is believed that Lemar is open to a move to the Gunners, but so far this summer Monaco have been determined to hang onto their star players, and have turned down what would have been a world record bid for striker Kylian Mbappe.

Meanwhile, our reported interest in Riyad Mahrez hasn’t resulted in us making an official approach to Leicester. The Moroccan Algerian international made clear his desire to leave this week, but Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare wants to hang onto the 2015-16 Player of the Year.

“It can be disappointing when players go public with it but I think you have to understand the modern game,” he told the Leicester Mercury.

“We know where it stands but ultimately he’s contracted to this football club. He has to be professional. We haven’t had any bids and if we don’t have one, we’ve got no decision to make.

“The decision making comes when we have a bid and we can assess that when it happens.”

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