Arsenal and Liverpool have received a big boost in their pursuit of Monaco star Thomas Lemar, as boss Leonardo Jardim hints that he could leave.
The 21 year old French international has been one of the hottest prospects in world football and both Arsenal and Liverpool are looking at him to fill voids in their squads. However, while it initially looked like Monaco would never sell, especially after Jardim’s comments, it looks like the Ligue 1 club may change their stance on the starlet.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal were close to a deal on deadline day during the summer with the Gunners even making a £90 million bid for the attacker. However, with Liverpool losing Philippe Coutinho after a long and drawn out battle with Barcelona and Arsenal potentially seeing both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil leave the club, both clubs could use Thomas Lemar to fill the gaps.
The 21-year-old is a rising talent in France and made 34 appearances last season for Monaco, as they won the title. According to Whoscored.com, Thomas Lemar also scored nine goals and providing a further 10 assists, which shows his incredible potential. However, despite that, the French international has struggled this season but still remains a world-class prospect.
And his boss, Leonardo Jardim has hinted although subtly that the Ligue 1 Champions are ready to business this month, which opens the doors for both Liverpool and Arsenal. “We do not typically sell players in the winter transfer window,” Jardim said. “But the month is long and many things could happen.”
According to reports from the Daily Mail and even the Metro, the Ligue 1 Champions value the 21-year-old at around £92 million and both Arsenal and Liverpool will face competition from Chelsea and even Manchester United for the winger
But to say, that Thomas Lemar would be perfect for both clubs is an understatement. The French international would fit perfectly in both Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp systems, and his ability to play across the front line makes him very dangerous. However, it’s his quality that both managers desire so much, with the winger contributing with 14 goals and 17 assists in all competitions last season, as he played a major part in lifting the Ligue 1 title.