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Arsenal And Tottenham Transfer Plans Include Thomas Lemar

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Tottenham and Arsenal are ready to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar.

The 24-year-old moved to La Liga from Monaco in 2018.

However, he’s struggled to find his feet in the Spanish top tier and a departure could now be on the cards.

Despite costing a hefty £52.7m, he’s managed just three goals.

According to The Independent , Spurs are weighing up a £5m loan deal.

There would then be a £50m option to buy during the summer transfer window.

Jose Mourinho faces fierce competition from Arsenal, though.

New Gunners chief Mikel Arteta is also monitoring his availability closely.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone did little to play down speculation last month.

“If Lemar can stay or not… we know that agents work in an exemplary way,” he said.

“Clubs work in terms of the needs of the clubs. But, as a footballer, every time he has been available, he’s played a lot more than he hasn’t played.

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

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

Lemar was close to joining Arsenal in 2017 except a deal didn’t get over the line.

Nevertheless, Arteta is making his presence known in north London and might welcome a bargain deal for the France international.

The Gunners managed a hard fought 1-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup third round last night.

“Now I’m really pleased except we saw two different teams – one in the first 30 minutes, and another after that,” said Arteta after the match.

“I tried to tell them exactly what they were going to face and after 32 minutes we had won one duel, I think.

“We changed our attitude, desire and organisation at half-time and then we were completely different.

“Sometimes they've to experience themselves how tough and how hard it's going to be.

“I watched a lot of Leeds games and they battered every team every three days. It was good for my players to learn and to suffer on the pitch.”

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