Monaco don't think they can hold onto Arsenal, Liverpool target

Jonathan Hernandez
January 10, 2018

Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has refused to completely rule out a major sale in the January window amid widespread reports that Liverpool are hunting Thomas Lemar.

That is according to Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, who was quoted by Goal as he revealed that the 22-year-old may yet leave Stade Louis II before the January transfer window ends.

Lemar emerged as one of the hottest young attacking talents in European football after providing 14 goals and 17 assists to help fire Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season.

Lemar has been tipped as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho at Anfield, while the Reds are also looking at Schalke's Leon Goretzka and Dortmund's Christian Pulisic.

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.

Arsene Wenger remains keen on signing the French worldwide but the newspaper says Arsenal will now face competition from Liverpool and Chelsea after the Blues also joined the race for Lemar's signature. "The expectation still remains that Lemar will remain in Monaco beyond this month's deadline". "But the transfer window lasts until the end of the month and many things can happen".

Lemar would be a natural replacement for Coutinho but Liverpool FC could be forced to pay over the odds for the talented France attacker given Monaco will be aware of the Reds' inflated transfer budget.

Liverpool have already spent a sizeable chunk of any funds by signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in a £75 million deal, and the desire to replace Coutinho adequately could also take big investment.

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