Premier League giants Arsenal are on the verge of signing Monaco star Thomas Lemar on a £45million deal.
Wenger is keen on signing the 21-year-old winger but Ligue 1 champions Monaco have set an asking price of £80m for the French star in order to fend off clubs that are interested in securing his signatures this summer.
Wenger is confident that a deal can be completed and sources reveal that the Premier League club have finally made a breakthrough.
Arsenal has already had bids turned down for the French winger as Monaco had slapped a hefty price tag on their player they roped in from Caen two years ago.
Monaco had hoped that a huge asking price for Lemar would fend off Arsenal and help them to keep their player for one more season.
But sources now claim that Monaco have softened their stance as Lemar wants to leave the club.
FootTheBall had earlier revealed that Lemar has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and askedthe Monaco bosses to allow him to make a switch to the North London club this summer.
Lemar will become Wenger’s third signing this summer as the French boss is desperate to challenge for the title this season.
Arsenal have already roped in Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac and the arrival of Lemar will take their summer spending to £97m.
Lemar featured in Monaco’s pre-season clash with Benfica and is hoping to get permission to complete his move to Arsenal before they lock horns with Paris-Saint Germain in Morocco this Saturday in the Trophee des champions.
Earlier, Monaco were not willing to sell Lemar, having sold key players to top Premier League clubs this summer. It was thought that they would put an end to their player exodus in a bid to defend the Ligue 1 title.
But Lemar is set to follow Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, Valere Germain and Kylian Mbappe through the Stade Louis II exit door.
Monaco have already offloaded Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea.
Valere Germain has moved to Marseille and Mbappe is on the brink of moving to Real Madrid on a world record deal.