Thomas Lemar was one player that seemed destined to leave Monaco during the final days of the summer transfer window as Arsenal and Liverpool battled out for the 22-year-old’s signature.
Things got a little awkward and ultimately the attacking midfielder remained at Monaco despite Arsenal even lodging a £90m bid for the Frenchman.
Now, the Daily Mail claims that the Gunners are not willing to return with a bid for the star, which could leave the door wide open for Liverpool to swoop in.
The report claims that Arsenal will not be looking to add to the £90m they had bid earlier as Lemar’s price is expected to increase. The Gunners want to sign other players such as Nabil Fekir of Lyon or Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, a player they did try to get in the summer window as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez.
Even if we don’t sign the Frenchman we could still be in with some great news as Barcelona are reportedly looking to sign the attacker and that could see them stop their interest in Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian has been linked with a move to the Catalan giants but we should hold tight once again to ensure Coutinho does not move easily. We all know that the former Inter Milan man does not have a release clause in his contract and if Barcelona are to sign him, they might have to break the transfer record to bring him over.
Lemar Or Coutinho Will Be At Liverpool
We were pretty confident that Lemar would only be joining us should Coutinho decide to move to Barcelona in the summer and that transfer did not take place. Now with the winter window coming up, we could see another bid be made for Coutinho and Lemar could join us if that deal takes place.
Lemar is a wonderful talent who is still learning and growing. He might not have the best of records this season, with just one goal and three assists from 10 games in Ligue 1 but if he plays with the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in front of him, goals will not be a problem.
It will be tough for us to battle with Barcelona or any other top club should they decide to sign Lemar but dropping the interest in the Frenchman to keep hold of Coutinho would be wonderful, right?