Arsenal lead race to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid

Arsenal are reportedly favourites to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar
Arsenal are reportedly favourites to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar (Getty Images)

Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

The France international joined Atletico from Monaco in a €60 million (£52.7m) deal in 2018 but has struggled to make an impact for Diego Simeone’s side.

Atletico are now open to selling Lemar as they need to make room to fund the signing of a new striker.

The Spanish club remain hopeful of reaching an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain for Edinson Cavani, although Chelsea and Manchester United are also interested in signing the Uruguay international.

Diego Simeone is happy for Thomas Lemar to leave Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone is happy for Thomas Lemar to leave Atletico (AFP via Getty Images)

According to Marca, Arsenal are leading the race to sign Lemar with Mikel Arteta’s side being the ‘main candidate’ to sign the 24-year-old.

Lemar has started just nine games in La Liga this season and has failed to register a goal or an assist this term.

Speaking earlier this month, Simeone admitted that Lemar had failed to live up to expectations since joining Atletico.

“Facts speak better than words. Lemar is an important player who hasn’t been able to develop his game but who has characteristics that others don’t have,’ Simeone said.

‘Let’s hope he has a good moment when he comes back from injury.

‘Now if Lemar can stay or not, we know that agents work in an exemplary way. Clubs work in function for their needs.

‘He’s played a lot more than he hasn’t played.

‘His characteristics have always excited me. But he hasn’t been able to live up to expectations.’

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