Arsenal and Liverpool get a major transfer boost for Ligue 1 star

Sheri Evans
January 10, 2018

Arsenal attempted to sign Lemar last summer, failing with a bid late in the transfer window, and remain keen on the France global, while Liverpool have been linked following the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

Lemar is one of the best young midfielders in Europe and will certainly enhance the quality of the current Liverpool midfield.

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.

Liverpool want to replace Philippe Coutinho with AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

Liverpool were reported as being favourites to win the battle for Lemar's signature but bookmakers rate Arsenal as equally likely to complete the massive deal, with odds of 4/1 for it to happen.

Arsenal have moved Thomas Lemar back to the top of their wanted list and are prepared to test Monaco's resolve not to sell their star forward in January, says the Mirror.

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However, the 22-year-old turned down a move to the north London club amid reports that suggested the Frenchman preferred a move to Liverpool FC.

Arsene Wenger also remains keen on Lemar after failing with a late offer last summer, with the Arsenal boss seeing the former Caen youngster as a possible replacement for the outgoing Alexis Sanchez.

In Liverpool's case, the British record deal to sell Coutinho to Barcelona has seemingly set a precedent, and Monaco are said to be of the belief that "Lemar's value has also risen".

The Brazilian said: "We are not used to selling in the winter, but the transfer window lasts until the end of the month and many things can happen".

Monaco are still unwilling to sell Lemar, but if he pushes for an exit, their hand may be forced, in which case, they will command a £90 million fee for him.

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