Arsenal will face stiff competition from Bayern Munich for Atletico Madrid misfit Thomas Lemar, according to reports in England
The perennial Bundesliga champions consider swooping for Lemar, closely followed by the Gunners this winter, the Daily Mail claims.
Bayern could launch a bid for the left-footed forward by the end of the ongoing transfer window, as they look to reinforce their attack after Kingsley Coman’s long-term injury.
Manchester City’s Leroy Sane remains Bayern’s top priority to strengthen their attacking ranks, but the reigning Premier League holders are playing hardball with the Bavarian giants.
Pep Guardiola holds the German winger in high regard and intends to reintegrate him into his starting XI as soon as the 24-year-old fully recovers from injury.
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Aside from being a much cheaper option, Lemar would also be easier to get, considering he has fallen out with Diego Simeone after his underwhelming performances during the past year and a half.
The Frenchman has never really managed to emulate his form from Monaco and has struggled for regular first-team opportunities this term.
Indeed, the 24-year-old has been handed just nine La Liga starts this season, failing to make an impact.
While he seems desperate to stay and prove himself to the Wanda Metropolitano outfit, Los Colchoneros are looking to offload him and recoup as much as they can of the £52million fee they splashed out last year.
Arsenal, who were tracking the player during his time in Ligue 1, are also in the race, as Mikel Arteta hopes to land at least one productive forward by the end of January.
But, after forking out over £100m during the summer transfer window, the Gunners’ war chest may not be big enough to fund another high-profile signing.