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ARSENAL are reportedly in talks with Atletico Madrid star Thomas Lemar over a shock January transfer.
And Arsenal have made contact with both the player and his club in the hope of striking a deal before deadline day.
However, it’s added that all parties are nowhere near an agreement.
And it remains to be seen if a deal can get over the line before the winter window slams shut.
France international Lemar, 24, is in his second season at Atletico but has failed to score a single goal in 21 appearances.
It’s reckoned Diego Simeone is running out of patience with the World Cup winner.
And Arsenal appear to feel the time is right to bring Lemar to the Emirates as Arteta looks to launch a late push for a top four finish.
Speaking on Thursday, the Spaniard revealed he is on the hunt for a new defender after losing the likes of Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac and Calum Chambers to injury.
But Arteta added that he is also ready to strengthen other areas of his squad if the right deals become available.
He said: “We’ve been looking at different positions.
“Since I joined we lost Calum and we had other circumstances and injuries in those positions.
“So it’s true at the back we are short.
“But other positions as well depending on what happens in the market that we might need to assess.
“At the moment I am 50-50.”
The 23-year-old has been in impressive form for Wolves during the 2019-20 campaign, contributing five goals and 10 assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.
Real Madrid have been credited with an interest in the former Spain Under-21 international, while Barcelona are also said to be considering the possibility of bringing their former youth player back to Camp Nou.
Traore has a contract at Molineux until the summer of 2023, but according to reports in Spain, Nuno Espirito Santo's side are preparing to hold an 'auction' this summer in the hope of receiving a sizeable transfer fee for the attacker.
Wolves broke their transfer fee to sign Traore from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2018, and he has gone from strength to strength during his time with the club.
Manchester City are also believed to be interested in signing the powerful forward at the end of the season.body check tags ::
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