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Man Utd and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar set to be offloaded by Atletico Madrid this summer


Lemar has struggled to impress in Spain (Picture: Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid flop Thomas Lemar could be let go in the next transfer window, with Arsenal and Manchester United both interested, according to reports.

The France international has gone almost a year without a goal or assist for the club, struggling to adapt to the Spanish game since his £62million move from AS Monaco in 2018.

United reportedly opened talks with the winger’s representatives last month, while the Gunners have also previously shown their interest.

According to Spanish publication Sport, Atletico are frustrated with the lack of progress in Lemar’s second season at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The 24-year-old has started just nine matches in La Liga this season, with his last goal for the club scored on April 24, 2018 and manager Diego Simeone is losing patience.

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The Madrid outfit feel his confidence has been dropping from game to game, and the winger has been outperformed by team-mate Ángel Correa.

Lemar could be made available at a cut-price fee, as the Spanish side are resigned to making a loss and getting him off the wagebill.

Due to the financial uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, Atletico see Lemar as a source of revenue they can put towards their summer transfer targets.

United also remain in hot pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s young star Jadon Sancho, despite his astronomical price tag of £120m.

They will face stiff competition from Chelsea and Liverpool, who are also tracking the 20-year-old’s movements after scoring 14 Bundesliga goals this season.

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