Arsenal, Liverpool ready to battle for Lemar as Monaco admit they’re ready to sell


Lemar vs Holland Aug2017 - Arsenal, Liverpool ready to battle for Lemar as Monaco admit they’re ready to sell

​Monaco chief, Vadim Vasilyev, has admitted that Thomas Lemar could leave the club next year, declaring: “it’s right to let players go.”

Lemar was targeted by both Arsenal and Liverpool last summer.

Vasilyev reveals the Gunners were “really close” to sealing a £92million deadline day deal, until Lemar pulled the plug.

“Liverpool were really interested,” Monaco’s vice-president told Sky Sports.

“But it was Arsenal that was really close to finalising the deal. It was quite close.

“At the same time it was just too late, not enough time, to really follow up on this deal. Not all the elements of the puzzle fell in place.

“I’m very happy he stayed with us. For us, we need a player like Thomas Lemar. He’s very important to our team.

“[But] definitely next summer will be something to look at, although you know in football there are no guarantees. We had some players who were supposed to leave this summer but didn’t because of X, Y, Z.

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“I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to exit next year. January, in football, never say never, but this is not what we’re thinking of, this is really not in our plans.

“January doesn’t seem like the right time for major changes in the team.”

The 21-year-old cost Monaco just £4million in 2015 when he joined from Caen.


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