Thomas Lemar to Liverpool: Monaco star agreed to sign for Reds but Arsenal stopped deal | Football | Sport

Liverpool are keen to sign Lemar from Monaco with the France international being earmarked as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona last weekend, leaving Jurgen Klopp’s side with a hole in their attack going into the second half of the season.

As well as Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are also interested in Lemar and all three teams would love to bring him to the Premier League.

And journalist Castles, speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, has claimed Liverpool had an agreement with the wing wizard but Arsenal’s financial offer made him reconsider.

When discussing Arsenal, he said: “A guy they are looking at to replace Sanchez is Thomas Lemar – he’s the one they agreed a fee with Monaco for in the summer window.

”Lemar, also wanted by Manchester United and on Jose Mourinho’s recruitment list for a winger – probably too expensive for them – and Liverpool (who) tried to get him in the summer and had an agreement with him to come but Arsenal gazumped them with more money so the player didn’t move.

”The boot is probably now on the other foot, in that deal.

”Lemar has still told Liverpool he will go, if they can get a deal.

”But Liverpool now have to come to an agreement on price with Monaco and they are holding off on that because Monaco, intelligently enough, realise there are three of the top English clubs wanting the player and they can wait.

”They can do a deal now or they can wait and they are looking at least at £85m as a transfer fee, potentially more for a 22-year-old player with a few years of Champions League experience.”

Lemar blossomed as Monaco won the Ligue 1 title last term.

But the 22-year-old has found things tougher this season.

Lemar has found the net just three times from 19 games since his move to England collapsed.

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