Manchester United have received a massive boost in their pursuit of AS Monaco forward Thomas Lemar after the French champions relaxed their stance on keeping the 21-year-old this season, according to reports.
Monaco director Vadim Vasilyev insisted last month that no further stars from last season’s Ligue 1 success would be sold after seeing Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko all depart for the Premier League over the summer.
Fabinho and Kylian Mbappe have likewise expressed a desire to move elsewhere, with the former storming out of a training session ahead of a 4-1 win over Dijon while the former, amid interest from Real Madrid, hasn’t played a minute of action so far this season.
And according to the Sun, Monaco have relaxed their position over other potential departures and will let Lemar, linked with Arsenal as well, speak with other clubs.
The chiefs at Monaco have clearly realised that keeping players at the club against their will is unlikely to pan out well. Jose Mourinho recently noted that, unless something came up, he would not be actively pursuing any other players this summer.
Well, something may have just come up.
That said, with just a week left until the transfer window shuts, United will have to rush if they are to get a fourth signing over the line.