Tottenham have made an approach to sign Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, according to the Telegraph.
The newspaper claim Spurs and Chelsea have both expressed an interest in landing the France international, who was the subject of intense Premier League interest in the summer.
The Telegraph report that Arsenal offered £90million for Lemar after provisionally agreeing to sell Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City for £60million, while Liverpool lodged a bid of £63million for the Frenchman.
Monaco held firm even though vice-president Vadim Vasilyev confirmed the player had told him he wanted to go to England.
Good move for Tottenham?
Lemar has established a reputation as one of the outstanding young attacking players in Europe following his starring role in the team that won the French title and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. The left winger scored 14 goals and supplied 17 assists from 55 appearances in all competitions. He has had a slow start to this season, with his eight matches yielding two assists and no goals, but is regarded as a rising star of European football. He would be an upgrade on the wide players currently at the disposal of Mauricio Pochettino such as Son Heung-Min and the returning Erik Lamela.
This Is Futbol rating: 8/10
Likely to happen?
It is difficult to see Tottenham matching the apparent £90million Arsenal bid for Lemar, or even the £63million offer tabled by Liverpool. Spurs’ record signing is centre-back Davinson Sanchez, who joined for a fee rising to a potential £42million this summer. The sums don’t quite add up for Pochettino’s side, who are operating in a different financial bracket to the Premier League big spenders. Nevertheless, Tottenham are a young and vibrant team, and Pochettino is a manager who players want to play for. So, this can’t be ruled out.
This Is Futbol rating: 3/10