Liverpool have reportedly made an inquiry with Monaco over the possibility of signing Thomas Lemar ahead of the transfer deadline for €60m.
The 21-year-old was highly influential for the French outfit last season, scoring 14 goals and providing 17 assists in 55 appearances in all competitions, as he helped them win the Ligue 1 title.
In turn, interest was strong in him this summer with Arsenal heavily linked with a swoop, but as reported by The Telegraph, it could now be Liverpool who prise him away from France as they consider launching a €60m bid, a fee that would be make him their club-record signing.
It’s added that the inquiry from Liverpool was made earlier this summer and is still active amid ongoing uncertainty over Philippe Coutinho’s future, even though the Reds remain adamant that they won’t sell the Brazilian playmaker to Barcelona before Thursday’s deadline, as per the report.
Arsene Wenger though believes that Lemar will not be leaving Monaco this summer, as he has been trying to sign the French international for most of the summer if reports are to be believed.
Having already sold Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy among others, the Ligue 1 champions have seen their title-winning squad get ripped apart, and so it’s no surprise that they’re closing the door on more exits.
It remains to be seen whether or not Arsenal or Liverpool land their target, but even with a reported €60m bid on the table, it’s highly unlikely that the Reds will be prising away Lemar in the next four days.