Liverpool are ready to test AS Monaco’s resolve over Thomas Lemar this month with a bid, according to John Cross.
With Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona set to be announced later today, Liverpool are looking into replacing the Brazilian and Thomas Lemar is a player that they are keen on revisiting after missing out in the summer.
The player himself, according to the Mirror’s John Cross, is keen on a move to Liverpool over Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. That said, the biggest barrier will not be convincing Lemar to join but rather to win over Monaco who are adamant they will not sell in January.
Cross writes, “Monaco are making it clear that they do not want to sell Lemar in January but Liverpool are ready to test their resolve given any encouragement.”
Monaco accepted a bid from Arsenal last summer worth £90 million but the deal fell through and should Liverpool offer similar money, the French side could be tempted into selling the 22-year-old.
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Although, that being said, Liverpool are not allowing the £142 million earned from the Coutinho sale to burn a proverbial hole in their pocket and so, should a deal not be completed, the Reds will not panic but rather wait until the summer to get a player that will suit Jurgen Klopp’s needs.
After mentioning that Liverpool are confident of signing Lemar in the summer if not now, John Cross writes that there is no interest in Riyad Mahrez despite reports from France over the weekend.