According to reports, Liverpool have submitted a €72 million bid for AS Monaco forward Thomas Lemar.
Given that Liverpool’s current forwards are on red hot form right now, most supporters wouldn’t argue that another winger is of the utmost importance but given that Jürgen Klopp has to navigate four competitions this season, the more players he has, the better.
Last season, we saw the damaging effect of Sadio Mané being absent and what it did to this Liverpool side. Without the Senegal attacker’s speed, the Reds looked lethargic and ineffective. Therefore, signing Lemar would guarantee pace and goals no matter what.
Lemar scored 9 goals and created a further 10 last season in Ligue 1 and while €72m million is a ridiculous amount of money, we all know that the current transfer market is completely, well, ridiculous.
According to French news outlet L’Equipe, Liverpool have submitted a bid worth €72m up front with a further €8m in add-ons. If the report is to be believed, you cannot fault Liverpool for their ambition and intention to bring in quality.
However, you must wonder why it has been left so late with the transfer window shutting in just four days. If Liverpool have held this interest for the whole summer, as Jason Burt of the Telegraph indicates, then why have the Reds waited until now to act on it?
Burt also writes that Liverpool’s interest in Lemar is not intrinsically linked with an imminent departure of Philippe Coutinho. Barcelona have already had three bids rejected for the Brazilian and will not be successful with a fourth – regardless of the sum of money offered.
According to L’Equipe, Liverpool will contact AS Monaco Vice President Vadim Vasilyev to try hash out a deal today.
Arsenal have already had three bids rejected by Monaco, with the latest offer worth around €50 million.
Sky Sports later confirmed that Liverpool bid for Lemar with it being reported that the Reds had bid £55.5m – not €72m (£66.6m). The bid is yet to be rejected or accepted by Monaco.
Sky sources: Liverpool make bid of £55.5m to Monaco for midfielder Thomas Lemar pic.twitter.com/9tYuSLMmOs
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 28, 2017
As I wrote earlier this morning, Liverpool need to be extremely strong-willed in negotiations and offer an extraordinary sum of money. They seem to have followed up on the latter, now for the former.