Manchester United have reportedly joined the pursuit of highly-rated AS Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar. The 22-year-old was strongly linked with a Premier League switch earlier in the summer, but both Liverpool and Arsenal failed to convince the Frenchman to leave the Principality outfit.
According to The Star, United are among the contenders vying for the Frenchman’s services with Mourinho aiming to bolstering his squad further in the next two transfer windows. However, a winter deal looks highly unlikely with Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev clarifying that Lemar won’t be sold in the coming month.
He said: “The sales of important players is not on the agenda. We have never spoken (to Lemar or his entourage) about the possibility of a January departure.”
Lemar was one of the highly-chased after prospects during the last transfer window after he shined during Monaco’s first Ligue 1 triumph in 17 years. Since then, his form has taken a significant dip, but he continues to attract transfer interest with Chelsea and Bayern Munich also deemed to be on the hunt for his services.
The former Caen graduate has contributed two goals and three assists for Monaco, who are currently nine points adrift of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain. He is currently contracted to Leonardo Jardim’s side until the summer of 2020.