Liverpool target Lemar could leave next summer

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 12, 2017

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed there is a "fair chance" that Liverpool and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar will leave the club next summer.

The Reds' summer transfer window was one full of frustration, with key target Virgil van Dijk not joining from Southampton and Naby Keita moving to Anfield a year later than hoped.

Arsenal were rumoured to have had a huge bid worth in the region of £90 million accepted for Lemar on the final day of the window, but the move fell through.

Arsenal, though, came closest in the end, upstaging Liverpool's late move for the player with an offer of around £90M for the French worldwide that Monaco accepted but that the Gunners couldn't push over the line.

Speaking about the contact the club had with Liverpool and Arsenal over Lemar, Vasilyev added: "Liverpool were really interested".

'It was quite close. "At the same time it was just too late with not enough time to really follow up on the deal and so not all the elements of the puzzle fell into place".

"He's very important, we can always count on". I'm very happy he stayed with us.

Looking ahead to a future move for Lemar, Vasilyev said: 'Definitely next summer will be something to look at, although you know in football there are no guarantees.

"But we realise in Monaco we have a certain model, that at a certain moment when we feel it's right we have to let players go in order to be successful again".

And while Vasilyev says a January deal is unlikely, he admits in football you can "never say never". We had some players who were supposed to leave this summer but didn't leave because of X, Y, Z.

Lemar's interest in a Premier League move will encourage those wanting to sign the 21-year-old, with reports that Tottenham and Chelsea are also keen on the forward.

"Then we have to wait and see, how the team does, in different competitions, if we have an interest in him, and also his ambitions after the World Cup".

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