Thomas Lemar, Premier League transfer news: Alvaro Morata, Pepe Reina, Joe Hart, Ross Barkley

THOMAS Lemar’s price tag hits $150 million, Alvaro Morata
remains Chelsea’s top target, and Manchester City’s Pepe Reina
bid is rejected.

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$150 MILLION FOR LEMAR

Arsenal have been targeting Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, but
Arsene Wenger’s pursuit has been dealt a blow, according to
BBC.

The French champions reportedly don’t want to let another star
player leave with Tiemoue Bakayoko moving to Chelsea,
Bernardo Silva transferring to Manchester City,
Benjamin Mendy eyeing the exit, and Kylian Mbappe
being linked with Europe’s biggest clubs.

Arsenal have already made two bids for Lemar (the second worth
£40m), who reportedly wants a move to the Emirates.

Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar (2nd L).Monaco’s French midfielder Thomas Lemar (2nd
L).
Source:
AFP

Wenger is reportedly confident a deal can be agreed, but it
would mean smashing Arsenal’s transfer record for the second
time this window.


According to The Mirror,
the Ligue 1 club has now put a
£80m price tag on the 21-year-old winger.

Arsenal Alexandre Lacazette was signed for £52m earlier this
month, which eclipsed the £42.5m the Gunners paid for Mesut
Ozil from Real madrid in 2013.

Arsenal player Alexandre Lacazette.Arsenal player Alexandre Lacazette.Source:
AFP

To raise funds for a Lemar transfer, Wenger will offload a
number of Arsenal outcasts, according to
The Mail.


Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers,
Mathieu Debuchy and Wojciech Szczesny are all linked with moves
away.

However, that could be worth it, according to Gunners legend
Robert Pires.

Jack Wilshere.Jack Wilshere.Source:
Getty Images

The Arsenal ‘Invincible’ believes Lemar, who scored nine goals
and added 10 assists last season, would be a fantastic transfer
for the Gunners.

“I love him as a player,” Pires told
Sky Sports.

“For me, Thomas Lemar is one of the best French players there
is. He can play on the left, he can play on the right, he can
score goals and he can make assists.”

He added: “Lemar is the kind of player who can make a
difference.”

“He has the right profile to play for Arsenal, definitely. I
hope for him and for Arsenal that it happens.”

France's forward Thomas Lemar (L) and midfielder Kylian Mbappe.France’s forward Thomas Lemar (L) and midfielder Kylian
Mbappe.
Source:
AFP

MORATA STILL NUMBER ONE FOR CONTE

With Chelsea looking for a top class striker to replace Diego
Costa, Alvaro Morata is still their number one target,
according to
The Mail.

However,
the Star
added that Antonio Conte won’t get dragged
into a bidding war for the 24-year-old, but would be willing to
pay £63m.

AC Milan has emerged as another suitor for the Spanish striker,
with both Milan and Chelsea considering other forward transfer
target options, which include Torino’s Andre Belotti and
Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Serie A club have organised talks with Dortmund over
Aubameyang, but they would prefer Morata, who would cost a
higher fee.

Meanwhile,
Chelsea are reportedly “serious” about signing Sergio Aguero
from Manchester City.

Real Madrid's forward Alvaro Morata (R).Real Madrid’s forward Alvaro Morata
(R).
Source:
AFP

CITY’S REINA BID REJECTED

Napoli have rejected Manchester City’s bid to sign former
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, according toThe
Mirror.

The Serie A club knocked back a £2.6m ($4m) offer for the
34-year-old, but would reportedly accept a fee of £4.5m ($9m).

City have been targeting the Spaniard as a back-up goalkeeper,
with Claudio Bravo linked with an exit from The Etihad.

The Chilean will reportedly be behind new £35m arrival Edersen
Moares in the pecking order, and now City are ready to listen
to offers for Bravo.

Napoli's goalkeeper Pepe Reina.Napoli’s goalkeeper Pepe Reina.Source:
Reuters

It comes as England international Joe Hart inches closer
towards a West Ham transfer.

The City goalkeeper has reportedly had a Hammers medical, and
will complete a loan move that could become permanent.

The 30-year-old, who spent the previous campaign with Italian
club Torino, should head out to Austria later this week once
the formalities of the move have been signed off.

His arrival will, however, leave the position of current West
Ham stopper Adrian uncertain.

The Hammers are also looking for attacking reinforcements, but
have so far seen their efforts to sign Stoke winger Marko
Arnautovic
for STG20 million prove unsuccessful, while
Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud and Bayer Leverkusen’s
Javier Hernandez are further reported targets.

According to
The Mirror,
Hernandez’s move has taken another step
towards completion with the Hammers planning to open
negotiations with the player’s advisors. An announcement isn’t
expected until the end of the week.

Leverkusen's Mexican striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.Leverkusen’s Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito”
Hernandez.
Source:
AFP

SPURS COOL BARKLEY INTEREST

In a blow for Ross Barkley’s future, Tottenham have
cooled their interest in signing the Toffee, according to

The Mail.

Everton slapped a £50m price tag on the young midfielder, which
Spurs reportedly don’t want to pay.

The 23-year-old has one year left on his current Toffees deal,
and is looking for a contract worth £120,000 a week.

Barkley, who was left out of the squad for the Tanzania tour,
is also being targeted by Chelsea and Arsenal.

However, Everton won’t let him leave for a cheap fee.

Ross Barkley.Ross Barkley.Source:
Getty Images

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