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Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Thomas Lemar from Monaco with the Ligue one giant rejecting a bid of £92m on transfer deadline day.
The Ligue 1 club’s vice-president revealed the big difference in the decisions whether to sell the two young stars came down to finances at the time
Monaco sold attacker Anthony Martial to Manchester United to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, according to club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.
And the club’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed this is the reason they rejected Thomas Lemar’s move to Arsenal on deadline day.
However, Vasilyev has insisted after this summer’s outgoings the club are no longer in a position where they will be forced into deals.
“In 2015 we had to sell in order to meet FFP conditions, so it was more of an obligation,” he added.
“We are, currently, financially safe and sound. You sell when you think it’s the right time.
“You’ve got to accept the risk [to then sell someone at a lower price the next time round] and it’s by taking risks that we have got here.”