Arsenal will seek to off-load fringe players before deciding whether to smash the club’s transfer record for the second time this summer with a raid on Monaco for Thomas Lemar.
Lemar remains at the top of Arsene Wenger’s wish-list despite clear indications from the French champions that they are not selling the 21-year-old winger.
Monaco have already cashed in on Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko during the summer market and will sell Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City if they meet the asking price of more than £50million. They have issued a firm ‘hands-off’ warning regarding Lemar but Wenger is not ready to give up.
Arsenal are weighing up making another raid for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar
Lemar (right) in for Monaco during Sunday's friendly clash with PSV Eindhoven
Kieran Gibbs - Newcastle and West Brom interested
Carl Jenkinson - Newcastle interested
Calum Chambers - Crystal Palace interested
Wojciech Szczesny - Juventus close to signing
Lucas Perez - Deportivo interested
Jack Wilshere - future uncertain
Mathieu Debuchy - Nice interested
Olivier Giroud - Everton, Marseille and West Ham interested
A move to London appeals to the France winger and Arsenal suspect there is a figure which might persuade Monaco to do business, although it could be a package with add-ons taking the fee close to £80m.
Wenger has spent a club-record £53m on striker Alexandre Lacazette and Arsenal are not hard up but funds could be raised by selling players with no first-team future.
Newcastle are interested in full backs Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson and there has been Premier League interest in a permanent move for Calum Chambers, with new Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer among his admirers. Mathieu Debuchy, with a year left on his contract,