Monaco coach gives Liverpool fresh hope of £90m Lemar deal

Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar

Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar

Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has accepted that the "many things could happen" in the remainder of the January transfer window as winger Thomas Lemar continues to attract interest from Liverpool.

It seems little coincidence that on the same weekend Coutinho's departure for the Camp Nou was announced, the Mirror's John Cross reported a January bid for Monaco ace Lemar was expected from the Reds.

The 22-year-old was subject to a €100m (£88.1m) bid from Arsenal on deadline day in the previous transfer window, but the move failed to go through owing to time constraints.

Jurgen Klopp is on the look out for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho after he finally completed his £142m move to Barcelona and the report says Lemar is the Liverpool manager's first choice target.

The same story says, however, that Arsenal retain a "strong" interest in Lemar, with the Gunners having been heavily linked with a move to sign him last summer. The Monaco midfielder is also said to have made up his mind to join the Anfield side either in January or at the end of the season.

Vadim Vasilyev, Monaco's vice president, has previously poured cold water over the suggestion that Lemar could leave the club this month and have suggested that a summer move is far more likely.

Arsenal attempted to sign Lemar last summer, failing with a bid late in the transfer window, and remain keen on the France global, while Liverpool have been linked following the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

"We don't usually sell in winter, but the transfer window is open until the end of the month, and you have to prepare yourself for anything and everything", Jardim said.

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