Thomas Lemar is set to snub Premier League interest for another transfer window before moving in the summer.
The Monaco winger has been asked by the Principality outfit to stay put, but as was proved in the summer – he does have his price as they agreed to sell him to Arsenal on deadline day – before he turned it down.
Lemar is well aware that Arsenal still want him, whilst Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United remain keen on him.
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But sources close to the situation have told me that Lemar would prefer to stay at Monaco in order to make sure he does not miss out on a place in France’s World Cup squad.
The 22-year-old has become a firm favourite under Didier Deschamps in the last 12-months, and he does not want to jeopardise that with a move to England in this window.
Likewise Monaco are insisting publicly that they do not want to lose Lemar.
Monaco vice-president and CEO Vadim Vasilyev said: “Thomas Lemar will definitely stay until the end of the season.
“We are going for second place (behind Paris Saint-Germain). The competition is very tough with Lyon and Marseille and we need the team to stay competitive.
“We understand that at a certain stage, the players want – once they get offers – to play at big clubs, they want to play in front of big clubs and we have to let them go at the right time. When is the right time? This is the tricky point.”
Bookmakers are now believing that the Lemar will be staying put in this window – he is 4/6 to stay with Monaco.