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Ex-Arsenal chief Dick Law reveals why deal to sign Thomas Lemar fell through

Thomas Lemar was close to joining Arsenal in 2017 
Thomas Lemar was close to joining Arsenal in 2017 (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal agreed a deal to sign France star Thomas Lemar in 2017 only for the move to fall through on deadline day, ex-Gunners chief Dick Law has revealed.

The Frenchman was a target for the Gunners after a sensational season with Monaco, where the French club reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Kylian Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva were all granted moves and Lemar was also expected to leave.

Monaco valued the winger at around £75m and Arsenal were prepared to pay the asking price provided Alexis Sanchez, who was entering the last 12 months of his deal, completed a protracted move to Manchester City.

Sanchez was close to joining City on deadline day in 2017
Sanchez was close to joining City on deadline day in 2017 (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola was keen on signing the Chilean but City only made an official bid for the forward on deadline day.

It meant Arsenal were forced to make a late dash to sign Lemar and Law, in an exclusive interview with Goal, has revealed the Gunners struck a deal to sign the winger.

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However, Lemar was due to join up with the France squad later that day and was not given enough notice by Monaco that a deal would go through, meaning it collapsed at the last moment.

Wenger was keen on signing Lemar
Wenger was keen on signing Lemar (Picture: Getty)

There were no formal offers for Sanchez until the end of the window when the Manchester City one came in Law told Goal.

So then you run into a pretty simple calculation. It was the end of the window, literally the last day, and we wanted to be in a competitive position for the Champions League the next season.

Were we more likely to compete for a Champions League position with Sanchez or without him? The decision was, we would be more competitive with him.”

We did try to get Thomas Lemar that day, but it didnt get done.

We thought we had Lemar and then that would have meant Sanchez to Manchester City. It was as simple operation of using the Sanchez money to pay for Lemar.

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