Arsenal and Liverpool are still interested in Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar and the player is ‘ready to make the big jump to England’.
Despite failing to sign him in the summer, Arsenal and Liverpool still have a strong interest Thomas Lemar.
According to a report in today’s edition of L’Equipe, both sides remain interested in the 22-year-old and see him as a replacement for expected key departures.
In Arsenal’s case, Lemar was intended to be Alexis Sanchez’s replacement in the summer, but they couldn’t get the deal done due to how late they moved.
Liverpool, on the other hand, see Lemar as a potential replacement for Phillipe Coutinho, who has been courted by Barcelona.
L’Equipe’s reports suggests it’ll take an offer between £80m and £90m to convince Monaco to sell.
This is slightly below the £92m (€100m) Arsenal put on the table during the summer which was accepted. Liverpool offered €90m which was not.
While Arsenal could make a move in January, there are sketchy reports that they might have to wait until the summer.
According to the Mirror, Lemar will postpone his decision about his future until the end of the season.
L’Equipe, on the other hand, make no mention of anything being delayed until the summer.
They do, however, say that ‘the player’s position is known’. He has rejected all attempts by Monaco to sign a new deal with them and is “ready to make the big jump to England” – even with a World Cup just six months away.
This would certainly seem to hint strongly at a January move.