Atletico Madrid in 'Preliminary Agreement' With Monaco for Lemar

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Thomas Lemar is closing in on a transfer to Atletico Madrid after the Spanish club announced they have reached a "preliminary agreement" with Monaco for the France winger.

Monaco and Atletico Madrid have announced an agreement has been reached in principle to sell attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar.

The Ligue 1 side said the two sides will "continue to work in the coming days in order to find a definitive agreement."

The 22-year-old France international has been subject of interest from Arsenal and Liverpool among others, but he now appears destined for a move to La Liga. 

The Guadeloupe-born attacker joined Monaco from Caen ahead of the 2015-16 season, and eventually established himself as one of Ligue 1's best left-sided players. 

 

Lemar broke through in the 2016-17 campaign, scoring 14 goals and adding 17 assists as Monaco won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals. 

The France international could now be set to join up with his international team-mate Antoine Griezmann with the Rojiblancos — if the 27-year-old decides to stay put. 

On Tuesday Griezmann revealed he has made a decision regarding a potential summer transfer to Barcelona, but isn't ready to make that decision public. 

Griezmann has called on Atletico to invest more in their squad, and Lemar's arrival is a sign the La Liga runners-up are taking their star's advice. 

Lemar and Griezmann are a part of the France team that will begin their Group C campaign against Australia on Saturday, before facing Peru and Denmark in the group stage.