Liverpool face a ‘race against time’ to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar for a fee that will obliterate our £55m club record that we just broke to capture Naby Keita, writes Dominic King in the Daily Mail.
The offer that currently sits on the table is £75m plus Divock Origi on loan, but the French have yet to respond having initially rebuffed two bids of £55m and £66m.
Lemar is 21-years-old and burst onto the scene as one of Europe’s most exciting young players last term, scoring 14 goals and registering 17 assists in total in 2016/17.
He’ll be the perfect signing for Liverpool because he can play on either wing, providing top notch backup for Sadio Mane and Mo Salah. What’s more, he thrives centrally in the half spaces that the likes of Gini Wijnaldum and Emre Can currently take up, so is a prime option for one of the more advanced midfield options, too.
It’s a heck of a lot of money, but that’s the going rate this summer and we’d hope that in the not too distant future Lemar would be worth plenty more than the figure we’re willing to spend.
Hopefully, Monaco will get back to us today and we can either complete the deal or move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain instead. Then, we surely must capture Virgil van Dijk – a more important target than both.