Monaco Boss Claims Thomas Lemar Could Leave In January Amid Arsenal Interest

Andy Brassell says Thomas Lemar could be heading to Liverpool this month

GETTY Andy Brassell says Thomas Lemar could be heading to Liverpool this month

Liverpool were reported as being favourites to win the battle for Lemar's signature but bookmakers rate Arsenal as equally likely to complete the massive deal, with odds of 4/1 for it to happen.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte has confirmed that Chelsea were interested in Virgil van Dijk until Liverpool's willingness to part with £75m for the defender priced the reigning Premier League champions out.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal were close to a deal on deadline day during the summer with the Gunners even making a £90 million bid for the attacker. Everything can change. The things I can say today are not true tomorrow. The club agreed a £55million deal for the midfielder with RB Leipzig in the summer, and the Guinea worldwide was due to spend this season on loan at the Bundesliga side.

Of course, we're all well aware that Jurgen Klopp could hold off from signing a Lemar or a Riyad Mahrez this month and wait to get his man in the summer in what he would view as the flawless circumstances. You know how insane the market is.

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Laurens told BBC Radio 5 Live's Euro Leagues Football Show: "I love it how for all Liverpool fans that it's a given that Lemar is going to come and replace Coutinho as early as this month".

Jardim was quoted as saying that "many things can happen" while talking about the possibility of a transfer.

Jardim also pointed to the example of Liverpool, who were strongarmed into selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona by an offer of €120m from the Catalan side. I still want to keep Lemar.

Lemar was a target for Liverpool back in the summer transfer window as well. However, 22-year-old Lemar decided that the move was happening too quickly and stayed in the principality. "He's got a lot of qualities and I like him a lot".

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