Chelsea will join the race to sign Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar according to reports in France.
The youngster was one of the most talked about players in European football last summer, with several big name clubs from the Premier League and beyond interested in securing his services. Those clubs include Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona and more.
It was in fact Arsenal who were closest to securing his signature, making a British transfer record offer of £92m on transfer deadline day. A move to Arsenal would have given the green light for Alexis Sanchez to complete a move to Man City, who had provisionally had a £60m bid accepted – providing Wenger could sign a replacement.
However, with only hours remaining in the window and the youngster preparing to play for France that evening, he decided against making the move to the Emirates, opting to stay with the Ligue 1 Champions a while longer, and effectively forcing Sanchez to stay put too.
Arsenal have been claimed to be interested in renewing their interest in Lemar in January, although would not be willing to match their summer offer, but reports today suggest that they could have competition from fellow Premier League rivals, Chelsea.
L’Equipe claim that the Blues are preparing an £80m bid for the 22-year-old.
The youngster scored 14 goals in 55 appearances for Monaco last season, but has only managed to find the net once so far this season. He has also spent a month on the sidelines through a shoulder injury, only recently returning to action.