Arsenal, Liverpool & Thomas Lemar
It feels like a case of deja vu in L’Equipe on Tuesday as it’s reported that Arsenal and Liverpool are once again chasing Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
Lemar was linked to both Premier League clubs in the summer, although he ultimately stayed put in Monaco.
Liverpool ended up sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for 35 million pounds from Arsenal late on in the summer window.
As for Arsenal, after failing to recruit Lemar they managed to hold onto Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. But those players remain out of contract at the end of the season, and it’s highly likely they’ll both walk out of Arsenal for free.
Thomas Lemar & Monaco
While PSG appear to have run away with the Ligue 1 title this season, the race for second place is fierce.
Lyon, Monaco and Marseille are all on 35 points from 17 games, split only by goal difference.
Monaco can now focus all their energies on their domestic battles having finished rock bottom of their Champions League group after a dismal showing in Europe.
As for Lemar, he’s played 15 matches for club and country this season scoring just once and returning three assists.
That’s hardly incredible form from the 22-year-old Les Bleus international.
Will the deal happen?
L’Equipe announce that “Arsenal and Liverpool have not given up the chase for Thomas Lemar” while readers are reminded that Monaco were offered €90 million for the player in the summer.
Will they get a similar offer in January from either the Gunners or the Reds?
While it’s understandable why Arsenal would be interested in the deal, Liverpool’s interest is more curious.
Would Lemar even get into the Reds team? And if Liverpool want to sign someone, shouldn’t they be going for a defender?