Liverpool will join the race for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar should they lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
If you like playing transfer dominoes, then you’ll like this story. According to the Daily Star, Liverpool will go after Monaco’s Thomas Lemar to replace Philippe Coutinho who Barcelona could sign to replace Neymar should he leave for PSG.
We don’t often comment on Liverpool’s transfer business, but I daresay that Lemar isn’t the type of attacker they would need should they lose Coutinho. Liverpool already have Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as wingers.
The two would be undoubted starters for Jurgen Klopp’s team. On paper, it’d be difficult for Klopp to find room for Mane, Salah and Lemar in the same team. Should they lose Coutinho, they’re more likely to replace him playmaker and not another winger.
Or so we like to believe. Arsenal have been after Lemar all summer long and have found Monaco very stubborn sellers. The last thing they need is another club complicating the situation more.
The Reds have a greater need for a centre-forward than a wide man. It’s also unknown if Liverpool would spend around £50m for Lemar, after spending nearly £40m for Salah. Their focus has been on central midfield and RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita.
Chances are that the reports are rubbish, as the Lemar to Liverpool deal is dependent on a pair of sales that need to happen first. While Neymar could move to PSG, Liverpool will try everything to keep Coutinho and have little reason to sell this summer.