"I hope that we will get there", Vadim Vasilyev said on Monaco's Twitter page on Wednesday.
These comments will surely be a blow to any suitors the players may have, with Arsenal in particular very strongly linked with Lemar. The Sun claimed that latest approach had at last sparked a breakthrough, despite Monaco initially asking for £80m in a bid to deter any further interest from Arsene Wenger. "But he stays with us, we talked together, he has a tremendous talent, he is also a must for our team".
Speaking at a media conference, where he also revealed the club are in talks over a new contract for Kylian Mbappe, Vasilyev said: "We have kept all of the key players that we meant to keep".
The report says there's more to follow on this story but, if true, it would be a bitter blow to Wenger's plans. Part of that success is signing quality players, and Lemar is definitely full of quality.
"I think they need a central midfield player - a holding midfielder - a Patrick Vieira type midfield player".
The question would then become how much Arsenal are prepared to pay for Lemar given the inflated price required to land him as it may exceed the reported £45 million by some distance.
He rates the Monaco man as one of France's best players.
"He can play on the left, he can play on the right, he can score goals and he can make assists".
The Gunners have already splashed out £52m out on club record signing Alexandre Lacazette, as well as the free transfer of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke.