Liverpool to increase Thomas Lemar bid to £75m

Liverpool will continue talks with AS Monaco for Thomas Lemar with the Reds set to up their bid for the winger to £75 million.

This morning, an official club announcement confirmed that Naby Keïta will join Liverpool for the 2018/19 season.

A club record fee of £51 million will be paid to RB Leipzig to ensure that the Guinean joins the Reds and it doesn’t look like the spending will stop there for the Merseyside club.

According to James Pearce of The Liverpool Echo, a new bid for Thomas Lemar will be submitted as the Reds look to increase their offer to £75 million.

AS Monaco are interested in Liverpool forward Divock Origi and he could be used as a bargaining chip to bring Lemar to Anfield.

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The Belgian forward is unlikely to see much game time this season with the signing of Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke as well as Daniel Sturridge’s increased fitness limiting opportunities.

Lemar, on the other hand, is a player that Klopp will have far more use for with his versatility and quality unlikely to see him benched for prolonged periods.

The talented Frenchman scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists in 55 appearances last season as he helped Monaco win Ligue 1 and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

James Pearce writes that Liverpool have been “inundated with offers from clubs to take Origi out on loan.”

Aside from Monaco, the likes of Marseille, Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Tottenham have all expressed an interest in Origi.

Given that Dominic Solanke was included in the matchday squad for the 4-0 win against Arsenal ahead of Origi, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the former Lille striker depart this summer even on loan.

Sending Origi out on loan for the season and signing Thomas Lemar would be tidy business from Liverpool.

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