Atlético Madrid have made a major splash in the summer transfer market, agreeing on a deal to sign versatile attacker Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco.
The Spanish giants are set to unload €65m on the AS Monaco wideman, who is currently on World Cup 2018 duty with France in Russia.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) June 12, 2018
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from France for many months, but Los Rojiblancos emerged as the frontrunner when sporting director Andrea Berta traveled to Monaco to negotiate at the start of June. Atleti were eager to get a deal done before the World Cup, where a good tournament may have seen Lemar’s star rise along with his transfer fee.
Monaco have made clear that there remain details to be worked out, and the player must still pass a medical and sign his contract. But it is expected that a deal for this exciting talent gets wrapped up in the coming days. Lemar is known for his playmaking and ability to play on either wing or through the middle. He won Ligue 1 with Monaco in 2016/17 and played in a Champions League semifinal that season as well.
The Frenchman is a versatile attacker able to play on both wings as well as through the center and in a free role, while he is predominantly left-footed.
Lemar has scored 22 goals in 123 games for Monaco and starred in their 2016/17 campaign, when they won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals.
Liverpool and Arsenal have both strongly pursued the winger for some time, with the Anfield club even bidding €90m (£78m) for him last year.