Monaco chief contradicts Arsene Wenger over Thomas Lemar deal failure

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal bid €100million for Thomas Lemar and the Gunners boss will renew his interest in the Monaco superstar when the transfer window reopens.

Regardless of whether PSG broke FFP rules to sign Mbappe, Wenger insists the former Monaco starlet could end up being well worth the astronomical sum.

FFP is now in the spotlight due to the incredible spending of PSG, who are the subject of a UEFA investigation after signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe over the summer.

Lemar scored twice for France against the Netherlands on Thursday and revealed after the game that he is "very happy" to remain at Ligue 1 champions Monaco.

"Yes I hesitated about signing a new contract for personal reasons". "I do not want to talk too much".

"He could become the next Pele".

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On the issue of Thomas Lemar, Wenger admits he did make a club record £92m (€100m) bid for the player but the 21-year-old chose to stay at the French side.

"Yes, we bid €100m for Lemar but the player wanted to stay in Monaco", Wenger said in an interview with Telefoot. He's only 18 and is going to be stronger. "It's the quality of great players".

"He made a decision to stay at Monaco", he explained, with Lemar believed to have turned down a move to the Emirates Stadium.

When asked which team had spoken to him, he claimed there was contact with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Gunners reportedly had the British-record bid for the 21-year-old accepted on deadline day, which would have paved the way for Alexis Sanchez to join Manchester City.

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