Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar rejected a deadline day move to the Emirates after the North London giants made a club record £92m bid for the Monaco man.
The 21-year-old Frenchman was subject to a massive bid from Arsenal which involved Alexis Sanchez moving to Manchester City but Lemar ended up rejecting a transfer to Arsenal which eventually lead to City losing out on Sanchez.
Wenger had maintained throughout the transfer window that Arsenal would sell Sanchez only after signing a replacement for the Chilean and the French manager accepted that Lemar turned down a move to Arsenal.
According to Sky Sports, Wenger told BEIN Sports, “The player has chosen to stay at Monaco. 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. You have to respect what happens on the negotiation side.”
Wenger also spoke about Sanchez’s failed move to Manchester City and said that any kind of move to Manchester was never on the cards and Sanchez remained committed to Arsenal’s cause.
Speaking about Sanchez’s transfer saga, he said, “It was not very close, it’s very difficult for me to speak about that because what I want now is the player to focus on his career, on his season and Arsenal.”
Arsenal signed Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac in what was quite a mixed transfer window for the Gunners.