English giants, Manchester United and Arsenal have faced a major blow in their quest for Thomas Lemar and Fabinho individually after AS Monaco club Vice President announced the pair won’t leave the club this window.
The French club have attempted to secure some of their finest talents this Summer following their astonishing achievement last season where they surpassed Paris Saint-German by winning the Ligue 1 title.
But since then, Monaco have effectively lost individuals like Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy and as of late, youngster Kylian Mbappe is also connected with a major cash move to Real Madrid.
To address the future, Monaco’s VP Vadim Vasilyev talked on the issue recently and proposed that in the wake of losing such a large number of key stars, the club would not be offering any player anymore that helped them win the Ligue 1 last season.
Speaking at a press conference, Vasilyev said: “We have kept all of the key players that we intended to keep.”
“Fabinho is a must-have player in midfield who was being courted by all the major clubs. I will also address speculation about Lemar: he is staying with us. We have discussed this.”
“Both these players have tremendous talent and are essential for our team.”
“We must not await further departures, rather arrivals.”
Fabinho had been over and again connected with a move to Old Trafford this Summer and even acknowledged earlier that he would love to work with former manager Jose Mourinho. However, now after late discourse from Monaco official, Jose Mourinho has to search somewhere else for his protective midfield target and doubtlessly Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic could be the one name on the rundown.
On the other hand, Arsene Wenger has been exceptionally enthused about signing Lemar and has apparently had two offers rejected. Arsenal were set for a crisp offer of around £45 million for the winger. But with the most recent declaration, the French man may need to search for an other option in the market and his ideas may, in any event, has to be kept on hold for the time being.