Thomas Lemar rejected another contract extension offer from AS Monaco last week, as he hopes to make a move to England in the summer, according to reports in France.
L’Equipe report that Lemar turned down the opportunity to extend his deal past its current expiry date in 2020.
The news should put Liverpool and Arsenal on alert, after the events of last summer.
Both clubs made attempts to buy the French international back in August, but neither succeeded.
Liverpool’s bid never reached the minimum valuation requested by Monaco. Arsenal did agree a £92m transfer fee on deadline day, but couldn’t get the player to agree personal terms before the window closed.
Now it seems the tables have turned, with Monaco trying to tie the winger down, while he tries to leave.
If he doesn’t sign a new deal though, the 22-year-old will still have two years on his contract this summer. The Ligue 1 club wouldn’t be under immediate pressure to sell, although they might consider cashing in at that stage.
Lemar’s season has been very stop-start so far, thanks to three different injuries.
He strained his hamstring in September, then injured his shoulder in November, before suffering another knock last month.
Still, he’s been in good form when fit.
In his last nine league games he scored two goals and provided four assists.