Liverpool and Arsenal will need to meet AS Monaco’s £90 million valuation of Thomas Lemar to have a chance of signing the Frenchman this month.
Arsenal had a £90 million bid accepted from Monaco for Lemar on deadline day in the summer but the midfielder opted to stay in France rather than join the Gunners.
According to David Anderson of the Mirror, Liverpool and Arsenal will have to start their bidding for Lemar at £90m to have any chance of completing a deal. Anderson writes that Monaco “insist this is the starting point for any new negotiations.”
Of course, Liverpool are adamant they won’t be held to ransom over targets in the winter window if it looks like a club is looking to take advantage of the fact that the Reds are cash heavy after the £146 million sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
Arsenal are also hugely interested in signing Lemar as a replacement for the soon to depart Alexis Sanchez. Manchester City are close to signing the Chilean and the Gunners don’t want to be left short-handed if he leaves this month.
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Leonardo Jardim dropped a hint that Lemar could leave and with the current Ligue 1 champions trailing PSG by nine points and eliminated from the Champions League, a deal for Lemar doesn’t seem as bad as it did in the summer.
I, personally, can’t see Lemar arriving at Liverpool this season with Jurgen Klopp prepared to wait for the perfect deal. With this in mind, it would make sense if the Reds waited until the summer transfer window to sign him.