Arsene Wenger has reportedly stepped up his efforts towards securing the addition of a new attacking midfielder to add to the expected deal for Alexandre Lacazette. 

With Mesut Ozil yet to extend his contract at the club which expires in 12 months, the Arsenal manager has been urged to search for a replacement.

Several household names from Ligue 1 have been linked with a move to the Emirates stadium and Wenger appears to be keen on doing more shopping in France.

According to the Sun, the Gunners have now submitted a new bid of $45.5 million (£35 million) for Thomas Lemar with hopes of finally reaching an agreement with Monaco.

An initial offer of $36.4 million (£28 million) from Arsenal was rejected by the French club who are reluctant to sell any more key players ahead of next season.

The 21-year-old was in superb form for the Ligue 1 side last season, scoring 14 goals and registering 17 assists as they clinched the league title.

Lemar is also believed to be interested in an Arsenal switch after postponing talks over a new contract at Monaco due to Wenger’s enquiry.

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