Arsenal have reportedly moved a step closer to landing Monaco play-maker Thomas Lemar this summer following a claim from The Sun that the Gunners have agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old France international.
The discredited tabloid newspaper suggests that Lemar's representatives have accepted a long-term proposal that will pay their client £90,000-per-week, a salary that is said to 'dwarf' what he is currently earning with the principality club.
Following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in the week for a club record fee, Arsenal have seemingly turned their full attentions to prising Lemar away from Stade Louis II.
Having already had one offer of €40m rejected, the Gunners were reported on Friday to have made an improved second bid of €45m (£39.7m) in the hope that they might tempt Monaco.
However, despite an agreement over personal terms, at least in principle, as well as formal bids on the table, Arsenal still appear to be some way off actually securing the transfer.
It is understood after reports several days ago that Monaco will demand a staggering £80m (€90m) fee if they are to part with Lemar. That asking price is double what Arsenal have currently offered and would be a huge new club record, even after the Lacazette deal.
Having already sold Bernardo Silva to Manchester City and a Chelsea move for Tiemoue Bakayoko still expected to be confirmed shortly, Monaco are understandably thought to be keen not to lose any more members of their Ligue 1 winning side this summer.
It seems the only way Arsenal will get Lemar is by meeting the huge valuation, or if the player himself applies pressure from the inside and forces his club to accept a smaller offer. That, despite the alleged agreement over personal terms, does not seem likely, though.