Have Arsenal killed off Tottenham Hotspur's chances of signing prolific winger Thomas Lemar?

Thomas Lemar of Monaco  during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between AS Monaco v Juventus at Stade Louis II on May 3, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.

Arsenal and Tottenham target Thomas Lemar is available... at a price.

Thomas Lemar of Monaco  during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between AS Monaco v Juventus at Stade Louis II on May 3, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.

Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev has admitted for the first time that Thomas Lemar could leave the club in January or next summer, quoted by FourFourTwo.

Monaco cashed in on several of the stars who helped the club reach the Champions League semi-finals last season, but Lemar stated put.

Several Premier League sides were interested in Lemar, with The Telegraph reporting Tottenham Hotspur were one of them.

But late activity from Arsenal on deadline day is likely to have killed off their hopes.

France's forward Thomas Lemar (L) gestures during a training session at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse southern France, on September 2, 2017, on the eve of the of the FIFA World Cup...

Arsenal stepped up their pursuit of Lemar amid fears Alexis Sanchez would force a move to Manchester City.

They left it too late to pull off a deal, but their £92 million offer was accepted.

It was a staggering fee, and another example of the market being inflated since Neymar's move from Barcelona to PSG.

Thomas Lemar of AS Monaco is watched by Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and AS Monaco FC at Wembley Stadium on...

Monaco are now unlikely to sell for anything less than the fee Arsenal offered - and this wipes Tottenham off the list of possible contenders.

£92 million is too steep for Spurs to consider paying, especially when funds are being concentrated towards paying for their brand new stadium.

It was a last minute panic from Arsenal, but they have made everybody's chances of signing Lemar a lot harder thanks to their failed deadline day swoop - although ending Tottenham's hopes is one positive they can take from it.

 

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