Both Arsenal and Liverpool have seen their hopes being renewed in the hunt to sign Thomas Lemar from Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco, at the end of the current campaign, as his current club is willing to let him go for the right price in near future. This has been confirmed by the club’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev, who feels that their priced asset will leave the French club, once the current season concludes, with a host of top clubs across the European continent ready to offer good money for his services.
The Gunners were ready to spend £90m around (€100m) in order to sign the French attacker, though a deal did not go through back then and will be hopeful of making yet another attempt soon. On the other hand, the Reds have once again been inconsistent and need more attack-minded players as well in their squad and will be in the market to find players who can get the job done.
With that said and done, Jurgen Klopp’s team who have been linked with the player as well will be part of the race to bring him to Anfield. The Merseyside outfit made a positive start to the league campaign, beating Arsenal, though things since then have not been going well for them.
“Liverpool were really interested,” Vasilyev said. “But it was Arsenal that were 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.
“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 leave because of X, Y, Z. I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to an exit next year.”
Arsene Wenger’s side are slowly recovering from the poor start that they made initially and will want to keep winning games and challenge for some titles this season. They have an FA Cup to defend as well, which might be possible with Alexis Sanchez deciding to stay at the Emirates. Lemar is possibly a potential replacement for the Chilean international if he does decide to leave in the summer.
In an interview with Sky Sports News, Vasilyev confirmed that it was highly unlikely that the 21-year-old superstar would leave in January, though a move could be on in the future (once the season is over). “January, in football, never say never, but this is not what we’re thinking of, this is really not in our plans.”
With that being said and done, a huge boost has been given to not just these two clubs, but any other outfit looking to sign the attacker in the days to come.