AS Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev has given his side of the story regarding Thomas Lemar’s move to Arsenal which almost happen during the transfer window.
The Gunners were linked with a deal to sign the 21-year-old midfielder for much of the summer but several offers were rejected by AS Monaco.
Even so, the Ligue 1 side did accept Arsenal’s last-ditch bid to sign Lemar for 92 million but the transfer failed to happen hours before the transfer window closed.
There have been various rumours about why the France international ended up not joining Wenger’s side with some suggesting that he rather preferred a move to Liverpool.
However, according to Vasilyev, Lemar is indeed keen on playing for Arsenal or Jurgen Klopp’s side but his current club convinced him to remain in Ligue 1.
“It was not easy,” Vasilyev said. “Thomas wanted to go to Arsenal and to Liverpool, but we had discussions and we took a joint decision so that he could stay here.
“He is a very important player for us. We could not have sold him, it would have affected the entire team and the individuals.”