Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Thomas Lemar and Raheem Sterling Rumours

Gill ClarkFeatured Columnist ISeptember 10, 2017

Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar controls the ball during the French Trophy of Champions (Trophee des Champions) football match between Monaco (ASM) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on July 29, 2017, at the Grand Stade in Tangiers. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Arsenal reportedly face competition from Manchester United for Thomas Lemar, with the Gunners also said still to be interested in signing Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.

According to John Richardson of the Sunday Mirror, the Gunners will renew their interest in Lemar "in January or next summer."

However, Lemar's representatives also know of interest from Jose Mourinho's side, who will make a "club-record bid" for the AS Monaco winger.

The 21-year-old played a key role in Monaco's Ligue 1 title success last season, and WhoScored.com neatly summarised the attacking edge he provides:

Arsenal were keen to bring him to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the transfer window and submitted a £90 million bid, per Simon Mullock at the Mirror.

However, the move failed to materialise, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said it is "not true" Lemar rejected Arsenal but that "he decided to stay at Monaco," according to Pat McLoughlin at Sky Sports.

Wenger also stated Arsenal will try to sign Lemar again, although they may have to improve on last season's fifth-placed finish if they are to tempt the youngster to the Emirates:

Meanwhile, the Gunners reportedly remain keen on Sterling, who is "understood to be open to a return to London," according to Simon Jones at the Mail on Sunday.

City boss Pep Guardiola refused to allow Sterling to leave for Arsenal in a straight swap with Alexis Sanchez on deadline day and wants the former Liverpool man to remain at the club.

However, City are expected to return with a £20 million bid for Sanchez in January, with Arsenal still keen on Sterling and Lemar as replacements, per Jones.

Guardiola was recently asked about the possibility of Sterling leaving and said there was "zero chance" and that the winger is "100 per cent committed" to Manchester City, per BBC Sport.

However, the City boss does have a whole host of attacking options to choose from, with Gabriel Jesus particularly impressive, per Opta:

Leroy Sane also made an impression on Saturday, arriving as a substitute in the 5-0 win over Liverpool and scoring twice, as WhoScored.com noted:

Sanchez's potential arrival in January would heighten the fierce competition for places, which may affect Sterling, who will want to be playing regular football ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.