Monaco have no intention of selling Thomas Lemar to Liverpool this January, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
Yesterday, manager Leonardo Jardim outlined a fairly strict stance, claiming the club’s best players are not for sale mid-season.
“Monaco are not in the habit of making big winter sales. The players understand and know how it goes here,” he said.
But journalist Rob Bairner, who specialises in Ligue 1, claimed the club had a similar stance in the summer regarding Kylian Mbappe, but gave in when PSG offered an astronomical fee.
What I would say about this is that Monaco certainly didn’t intend to sell Mbappe in the summer until silly money was offered. All it means is that Monaco won’t sell easily.
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) January 4, 2018
So if Liverpool are willing to do the same, we could clinch the 22-year-old this winter – and if we sell Coutinho for the £142m reported – it’s not like we won’t be flush with cash to do it…
The Independent suggests a £90m bid could convince Monaco into selling, which seems incredibly overpriced to us, but we suppose that’s the market we’re now working in.
Lemar is a serious talent, capable of playing in both the positions Coutinho currently rotates between for Liverpool.
He can sit deep in midfield or play high on the left, known for his wonderful left-footed delivery.
The 22-year-old is not currently on Phil’s level, but nobody we could acquire necessarily is.