Arsenal have been told to forget about signing prime target Thomas Lemar this summer, with Monaco’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev insisting they will not sell the France midfielder.
The Gunners are expected to test Monaco’s resolve again before the transfer window closes, having already seen two bids of more than £30m rejected, but Vasilyev has warned that the Ligue 1 champions are in no mood to let Lemar or Manchester United target Fabinho leave.
“I have seen speculation about the case of Lemar, but he stays with us,” he said. “We talked together. He has a tremendous talent. He is also a must for our team.”
Monaco have already sold stars Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea for more than £120m in total. But Vasilyev added: “We have kept all of the key players that we intended to keep. Fabinho stays, he is an essential player in the midfield.”
Vasilyev is adamant Monaco want to keep Kylian Mbappe, following reports of a £161m agreement with Real Madrid for their prize asset, and believes the 18-year-old striker could yet sign a new contract in Monte Carlo.
“We are discussing an extension with Kylian,” he said. “I hope we will get there. This is a very important decision, especially for Kylian. We must give him time and not rush things. Today there is no agreement. Monaco’s wish is to extend it.”