According to reports in France, Liverpool target Thomas Lemar has rejected a contract renewal.
Supporters were fuming in January when Philippe Coutinho left the club to join Barcelona and Jurgen Klopp refused the splash the cash to buy Thomas Lemar for £90 million.
This angst was compounded with Manchester United buying Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal signing Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Yet as Klopp proved with his pursuit of now club-record buy Virgil van Dijk, the German manager is not afraid to wait until the circumstances are perfect to buy the player he wants and I expect this to be the same with Lemar.
According to L’Equipe, the Frenchman has rejected a new contract offer and with Monaco currently paying him a relatively measly £20,000 per week, Liverpool should be able to attract the 22-year-old to Anfield in the summer with ease.
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Also made public by L’Equipe are the top earners in Ligue 1, with Lemar nowhere near being one of the highest grossing footballers in France. Of course, the former Caen midfielder has only had one good season but Neymar’s £2,7 million salary absolutely dwarfs his.
Liverpool will be able to offer Thomas Lemar up to £100,000 per week with ease and the young midfielder will be able to quintuple his current wage.
Lemar is a player that will add considerable quality to Liverpool’s side along with the confirmed summer signing of Naby Keita.
The fact that Klopp has made fans wait to see the quality they wanted in early has taken the gloss off what will be an impressive side but all the same, Liverpool will be a force to be reckoned with next season.
Signing a new goalkeeper and a new midfielder to replace the (more than likely) departing Emre Can will stand Liverpool in good stead to continue progressing in the way they have in the last three years under Klopp.