Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal’s bid of €100 million for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar on deadline day and confirmed that the club will continue to try and sign him.
Arsenal had reportedly accepted an offer of £55m plus a further £5m in add-ons from Manchester City for winger Alexis Sanchez, according to ESPN FC.
Arsenal had made a club-record bid for Lemar not long before the transfer window shut at 11 p.m. BST, according to ESPN FC sources.
But Lemar ultimately refused the deal.
Wenger said that the club made a huge bid for Lemar and that they will certainly try to sign him again in the coming months.
“€100m for Lemar? Yes all true, I wanted him,” Wenger said. “He decided to stay at Monaco.”
“We will come back for him.”
Wenger also confirmed Lemar’s rejection earlier this week.
“The player has chosen to stay at Monaco,” Wenger said, according to BeIN.
“I do not want to talk too much. You have to respect what really happens on the negotiation side.
“I know we live in an era of transparency but at some stage to respect everybody you have to not talk too much about that.”
“I am a player of Monaco, I am very happy there,” Lemar said. ”
Now I am going to make a good season with my club, to try to progress and move forward in my career with Monaco.”