5 cheaper Thomas Lemar alternatives who Arsenal should consider signing
The acquisition of Alexandre Lacazette aside, it's been a pretty barren couple of months for Arsene Wenger in the transfer market.
Arsenal's title rivals are completing big-money moves left, right and centre, but splashing the cash has never really been Wenger's way. Nevertheless, next on the Gunners boss's wishlist is Thomas Lemar, but that deal appears dead in the water as Monaco continue to insist the 21-year-old isn't for sale.
With that in mind, here are five alternatives Arsenal could be looking at...
1. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)
The 26-year-old was a slight disappointment last year, but he still registered 10 goals and five assists in all competitions
Mahrez finds himself in limbo at present. The Algerian wouldn't have anticipated still being at Leicester after handing in a transfer request in May, but as yet no team has matched the Foxes' £50m valuation and manager Craig Shakespeare has even hinted that he could stay put.
The 26-year-old was a slight disappointment last year, but he still registered 10 goals and five assists in all competitions. Roma have tabled a bid and Tottenham have also been mentioned as a potential destination, but Arsenal would perhaps be the best fit for the tricky wideman – and according to reports, it's his preferred destination. With his proven Premier League pedigree, Mahrez would be a relatively low-risk acquisition.
2. Felipe Anderson (Lazio)
Carrasco has shown himself to be a dynamic, skilful forward in his two seasons at Atletico Madrid
Talk of Anderson moving to the Premier League has died down in the last 12 months or so, with Louis van Gaal's Manchester United heavily linked before that. Four goals and nine assists last term serve as evidence of his productivity in the final third, while his importance to Lazio was underlined by the fact he was involved in all but two Serie A games.
The Brazilian admitted in June that he "dreams" of moving to Old Trafford, but he'd presumably be open to an Emirates switch too. A star performer for the Biancocelesti on his day, Anderson would likely be the cheapest option on this list.