AS Monaco earned hundreds of millions last summer by selling Mbappé, Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Mendy, but vice-president Vadim Vasilyev refused to let go Thomas Lemar, saying that the player wanted a move to the Premier League, but the club pulled the plug.
Liverpool reportedly offered €70 million, Arsenal even €100 million, but Vasilyev told the Telegraph that 'these offers came late, very late, in the market so once you cannot replace a player they become even more difficult to accept. We plan and when it’s the last days it’s very difficult'.
It is said that Monaco had accepted the Arsenal bid, but the vice-president hints that this isn't true: 'Lemar wanted to go to the Premier League and I had a few discussions with him and I said ‘stay, stay, stay’ but, of course, when the offers were very, very high, higher than we initially expected then we had to talk, to discuss. But in the end we were very happy'.