Arsenal make improved bid for Monaco playmaker Thomas Lemar

 
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Lemar scored 14 goals last season for French champions Monaco (Source: Getty)

Arsenal have stepped up their attempts to sign Thomas Lemar by submitting an increased offer for the Monaco and France midfielder, according to reports in France.

The Gunners failed with an initial £26m bid for Lemar but are since believed to have returned with a much improved deal for the diminutive 21-year-old playmaker.

Lemar scored 14 goals and provided 14 assists in 51 matches last season as one of the stars of a youthful Monaco side that broke Paris Saint-Germain’s stranglehold on the French top-flight title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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Arsenal also remain interested in Kylian Mbappe, the jewel in Monaco’s crown, but face competition from Europe’s leading clubs for the 18-year-old, who scored 26 goals in 44 games.

The Gunners have held talks with Lyon over striker Alexandre Lacazette, 26, but the French club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has indicated that he is yet to receive a satisfactory bid.

Manchester City target Dani Alves has confirmed that he has left Juventus, having asked to be released from his contract after just one year.

It paves the way for the Brazilian right-back, 34, to reunite with his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who is overhauling his defensive options.

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