According to a report from French outlet L’Equipe, Premier League champions Chelsea have joined rivals Arsenal and Liverpool in the chase of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.
Lemar, a 22-year-old French international, set Ligue 1 and the Champions League ablaze last season, with his combination of pace and pinpoint delivery having alerted some of Europe’s biggest clubs to his talents.
Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Juventus and Barcelona were all linked with moves for the Principality star during the summer, though the interest of the Gunners was the most concrete, with Arsene Wenger’s side having reportedly made 4 offers for Lemar.
The last of these bids came on the final day of the transfer window, when Arsenal had agreed a deal to send soon-to-be out of contract attacker Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City.
The North London outfit tabled a mammoth 100 million Euro offer for Lemar as a result, though they were surprisingly rebuffed, with Monaco having already parted with the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko for big money during the summer.
Reports over recent weeks have suggested that both the Gunners and Liverpool are readying fresh January offers for Lemar, but, as per the aforementioned from L’Equipe, another Premier League outfit are also preparing to throw their hat in the ring for the Monaco star.
The club in question are Chelsea, who have long been rumoured to be on the lookout for reinforcements out wide.
The Blues were briefly linked with a move for Lemar during the summer, but links between the parties never lasted more than a few days.
However, L’Equipe ensure that the interest of the Premier League champions in a move for the gifted winger is very much concrete, with the board at Stamford Bridge ready to break the bank for Antonio Conte following their failings on the transfer front during the summer.