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Monaco must 'prepare' for Thomas Lemar interest - Leonardo Jardim

Monaco must 'prepare' for Thomas Lemar interest - Leonardo Jardim Monaco must 'prepare' for Thomas Lemar interest - Leonardo Jardim
Elias Hubbard | 10 January, 2018, 01:26

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim admits Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar could leave in January.

But Jardim admits a big offer this month could mean Lemar makes a move to the Premier League before the current campaign is over.

And with Liverpool losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona on a £142m deal, the Reds are now reported to be interested in signing Lemar as a replacement.

The Frenchman will be even more furious if he is beaten to the punch by Liverpool this month, however, as Jurgen Klopp earmarks Lemar as the man to take Coutinho's place in his pacy attacking Reds side.

His advent also saw a gamut of clubs express their interest in Lemar last summer, with Arsenal the final club, who sought to sign him.

And according to the Mirror, Monaco would be seeking an eye-watering fee of at least £90 million if they were to sell the 22-year-old. "The expectation still remains that Lemar will remain in Monaco beyond this month's deadline". Didier Deschamps, who is the French head coach, lives literally five minutes away from the Monaco ground, he's there every single home game, so there's no better exposure for Lemar than staying in Monaco, playing every game, doing well and Deschamps will be there every week to watch him play.

"You come to Liverpool..."

The Gunners looked certain to land the mercurial France global after what would have been a club record fee was agreed.

"It might happen. I think it won't happen now but more [likely] in the summer than now, in January, but it might still happen before I get abused by Liverpool fans. But I can see why Liverpool want it to happen now as well".

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