Arsenal set to step up pursuit of Thomas Lemar


Yeah, it's Klopp, it's a great club, you can't play in Europe, obviously, but still it's fantastic, this and that, but you might need a bit of time to adapt to a new formation and people where you're not gonna shine as much because this Liverpool team is not gonna be built on Thomas Lemar coming in January, it's still gonna be built on Mo Salah and Sadio Mane and the role that [Roberto] Firmino has.

Arsenal and Liverpool have received a big boost in their pursuit of Monaco star Thomas Lemar, as boss Leonardo Jardim hints that he could leave.

The Mirror claim that Arsenal had a £90m bid accepted on deadline day as they looked to find a replacement for Man City-bound Alexis Sanchez but Lemar felt it was too late to push through a move so chose to stay at Monaco.

It would appear, however, that Lemar is highly unlikely to make the move to Merseyside this month, according to French journalist Julien Laurens in a report in the Daily Express. "But the transfer window lasts until the end of the month and many things can happen".

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However, with Liverpool losing Philippe Coutinho after a long and drawn out battle with Barcelona and Arsenal potentially seeing both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil leave the club, both clubs could use Thomas Lemar to fill the gaps.

Monaco, who trail Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain by nine points, have been resistant to the idea of cashing in another of their prized assets during the mid-season window with manager Leonardo Jardim recently insisting his players "understand" the club's position. Manchester City still hope to strike a deal for Alexis Sanchez this month after their summer deadline day move collapsed, a development that would once again see Arsenal turn to Lemar as a replacement for the Chile worldwide, Saturday's report from L'Equipe added.

It seems little coincidence that on the same weekend Coutinho's departure for the Camp Nou was announced, the Mirror's John Cross reported a January bid for Monaco ace Lemar was expected from the Reds. With surging interest of the top clubs in their prized possession, Monaco have made a decision to encash big on Lemar and have demanded a whopping £90 million for his services.