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Manchester United chasing Arsenal target Thomas Lemar — reports

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Picking up one of Monaco’s bright young things and tweaking Arsène Wenger’s nose? Sounds good to us.

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There are transfer rumours, and then there are transfer rumours that come from Duncan Castles, unofficial José Mourinho correspondent to the world. So when Castles tells us that Manchester United are chasing Thomas Lemar from Monaco, we feel justified in downsizing the usual bucketload of salt to ...

... well, only a slightly smaller bucket, if we’re being honest. Such is the transfer market. Anyway, over on the Daily Record, Castles reckons that United, after failing to to prise Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Ivan Perisic away from their current employers, have “added [Lemar] to José Mourinho’s list of attacking targets”.

As with everybody that lives in Monaco (except Falcao), he’s young — a mere 21 — and was extremely exciting last season as the principality tore through the Champions League and stole the title away from Paris Saint-Germain. But United do already have an young, exciting, former Monaco player out on the left. Be nice to see him get some games, no?

However. But despite that, this purported transfer receives the full tBB seal of approval. Not for football reasons, but because Arsenal have been chasing Lemar for most of the summer. Offer rejected. Another offer rejected. And then — swoop! — in come United. Just imagine the faces on ArsenalFanTV. Beautiful.