Report: Top winger's 'ambition' is to sign for Arsenal this summer

They say the deal is done and Arsenal will pay £48m plus add-ons for Lemar. "People have big imaginations".

However, according to BBC journalist David Ornstein, Arsenal face the prospect of missing out on their top target as Monaco are unwilling to let anymore of their star players leave.

An official announcement is expected when Arsenal return from their tour of Australia and China: Monaco have asked Arsenal to wait - with medicals, official pictures and his presentation to be delayed until they find a replacement for the French youngster.

"But we have not made any offer". I think he will stay, it looks like that. While the general critique is one that is a little unfounded, perhaps exaggerating certain aspects and negating more recent evidence that suggests the contrary, it is still one that does carry some weight and bears some accuracy.

Rony Lopes forced an excellent low save from Jack Butland, but Monaco were level after 34 minutes when an angry Glen Johnson was adjudged to have fouled Lemar in the box. "It will be very hot, so we have to adapt to that as well".

But with the Ligue 1 champions having already sold Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City, a deal is becoming less likely.

Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe burst onto the scene last year after the 18-year-old scored 15 goals to help them win the Ligue 1 title after 17 years and added a further six in their run to the Champions League semi-finals.

PSV threatened again when Luuk de Jong had an effort saved by substitute keeper Diego Benaglio, while Monaco hit the crossbar late on when Guido Carrillo, another sub, stretched to reach Allan Saint-Maximin's cross.

  • Ricardo Clara