Fast forward six months and Sanchez is now a Man Utd player, allowing City to join the race to sign Lemar.More news: Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Wetangula demand all-inclusive talks with Uhuru
Arsenal have tracked the France worldwide since his time at Caen and failed with a £90million bid on deadline day last August after the left-sided forward made a decision to remain at Monaco wtih the Gunners having accepted a bid from City for Alexis Sanchez.
In fact he was very close to making the move to the Emirates on transfer deadline day, with Arsenal having a £93 million bid accepted, which would have seen Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester City for £60m.
Sky Blues boss Pep Guardiola is seeking another forward who can play out wide and has identified the France worldwide as one of his top summer targets, according to The Telegraph.More news: Trump steel tariffs may leave these US steelworkers jobless
Guardiola is also ready to go toe-to-toe with United for Shakhtar's Brazil global midfielder Fred.
French global Lemar fits the bill, and the Premier League champions-elect may now hope to pip Liverpool to his signature with a blockbuster bid this summer.
Since joining from Caen in 2015, Lemar, who is left-footed but can play on either side or through the middle, has made 107 appearances for Monaco and scored 22 goals.More news: 'I'm Done,' Cameron Diaz Allegedly Quits Hollywood, To Focus On Family Life