Liverpool have been dealt a massive blow with the news that French side AS Monaco have no intention of making any ‘big player sales’ this transfer window.
London.Football state that neither Liverpool nor Arsenal will be able to get their hands on French winger Thomas Lemar in the Jnaury transfer window after the Monaco boss has revealed his stance on the club’s transfer policy.
The Gunners were apparently close to signing Lemar in the summer when a deadline day deal fell through. But the Daily Star reported they would reignite their interest in January.
The Mirror reported that the powers that be at Anfield have made contact recently with AS Monaco over a potential transfer for the young French talent, as Coutinho has his heart set on a move to Barcelona.
With rumours rife that Alexis Sanchez will be heading to Manchester City this month and Coutinho on his way to Barcelona, Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger will need to replace their star men.
However, Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has quashed any talk that it will be Lemar that will be used to bridge the gap left in the Arsenal or Liverpool team.
“We never have the intention of making big player sales in January,” said Jardim as quoted by London.Football.
Football Insider verdict:
Money talks and if Liverpool receive a hefty transfer fee from Barcelona should the sale of Coutinho go through, they will certainly have the funds to test Monaco’s resolve. The Merseysiders are a force going forward and that kind of attacking play could suit Lemar. As for Arsenal, they are only likely to reignite their interest if they allow Sanchez to join Pep Guardiola in the north-west this window. Wenger has previously confirmed that the Chilean will not leave this month which means they will most likely attempt another swoop in the summer if at all.
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