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Monaco’s unshaking decision not to sell Thomas Lemar seems to have weakened, judging by the latest comments from manager Leonardo Jardim.
The Ligue 1 champions have cashed in on several of their players this summer, including Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoure Bakayoko.
But they have always been insistent that Lemar was one player who would not be sold.
Arsenal have had three bids for the 21-year-old rejected, the latest one totalling around £45 million.
Arsene Wenger has always remained confident, however, that a deal would come through and there have been signs this week that the French outfit could be preparing for life without their star winger.
Adama Diakhaby transfered earlier this week from Rennes, an attacker who can play on the left hand side of the frontline, while Monaco are also now closing in on the addition of Rachid Ghezzal – another player who could fill the void Lemar’s exit would create.
Speaking last week Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev insisted that there would be no more high profile exits at the club – but in a boost to the Gunners, boss Jardim has now hinted that there could well be further departures from his title winning squad.
“All the players who were important last season are important to keep for the club,” he said.
“But it has been shown over the years that it’s not always possible to keep the players, and you know how our project works.
“So our goal is to work well with players who will stay here after the transfer window closes.”
Kylian Mbappe is another player who could be set to leave Monaco, with reports suggesting he has decided that his future lies elsewhere.
Despite all the speculation surrounding the likes of Lemar and Mbappe, however, Jardim says they are staying professional during training.
“It’s not only about [Mbappe], all the young players who were here last year and had a great season,” he said.
“Fabinho, Lemar, Kylian, we’re talking about them joining other clubs, but they stay focused.
“Of course, Fabinho and Lemar are older, they may be a bit more mature, but Kylian, even these last two days, he’s been working well. They know that the most important thing is the pitch.”