According to reports in France, Liverpool are closing in on a deal for French midfielder Thomas Lemar ahead of Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Liverpool were linked with a move last summer but any chance of a deal fell through on deadline day with AS Monaco demanding £90 million for his signature.

In the January transfer window, the Reds were once again linked with a big-money move for the speedster but Virgil van Dijk was the only player to sign for Liverpool, with his £75 million move a world record fee for a defender.

Although Liverpool have not struggled for goals since his departure, the Reds are still on the lookout for a Philippe Coutinho replacement in the summer.

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According to French news outlet Le10Sport, Liverpool are close to agreeing on a fee for the transfer of Thomas Lemar and that they are willing to sell him in the summer.

If true, this wouldn’t come as a surprise as the Ligue 1 club made noises in January that they were ready to sell. Le10Sport also indicates that Liverpool still need to agree personal terms with the midfielder.

That shouldn’t be an issue given that the Merseyside outfit is his first choice before Arsenal. Can you blame him either? The way Liverpool are playing, with Champions League football on offer and Jurgen Klopp at the helm, which exciting young prospect wouldn’t want to play at Anfield?

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With Naby Keita arriving in the summer and it being reported that Napoli midfielder Jorginho is high on Klopp’s wishlist, it looks like the Reds could have a brilliant engine room next season.

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