The bad news continues on the transfer front for fans of Tottenham Hotspur this week, as it appears that one of Spurs are backing away from what was one of their top transfer targets. Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas is reporting today that Spurs will not be bidding for the services of Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.
This, frankly, sucks. But it’s not surprising. Arsenal reportedly had a bid of just over £30m rejected for Lemar, and as I wrote yesterday Monaco are not really in the position where they need to sell him at all. If he does get sold this summer, Lemar is probably going to command a lot more than £30m, possibly as high as £50m, and with a new stadium imposed austerity upcoming, that probably prices Spurs right out of the picture.
It’s a shame, as Lemar would’ve been a great addition to a Champions League squad that could use an extra influx of talent and depth this coming season. Lyall goes on to say that Spurs remain interested in Ross Barkley as one of their top transfer targets, though it’s expected that transfer will progress slowly over the course of the summer window.
Pour one out for our dreams of Lemar in lilywhite, y’all.