With hours left of transfer deadline day, Arsenal lodged a jaw-dropping £92m bid for Thomas Lemar – which would have made the 21-year-old the most expensive player in British history.
The attacker though wasn’t keen on joining Arsene Wenger’s Europa League Gunners and instead was far more interested in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool revolution…
We’d made three bids for Lemar this week, but our final one was €75m and were not prepared to go as high as Monaco requested.
Whether we’ll live to regret that decision remains to be seen, but the attacking midfielder gave us all a taste of what he’s capable of with a wonderful brace against the Netherlands just hours before the window shut.
Lemar himself is relaxed about the situation and seems to have a strong head on his shoulders.
“I’m a Monaco player, I’m very happy there. Now, I’m going to have a good season with my club, try to improve and move forward in my career. I am going back to Monaco,” Lemar told Canal+ Sport.
“I prepared for this game as I usually would. I don’t get carried away, even if there is the transfer window. I was focused on my match, that’s all that counted for me.”
Klopp though won’t have given up on Lemar entirely, just like he’s still interested in Virgil van Dijk.. Naby Keita has signed for next season – and we wouldn’t be surprised if our other two top targets were considered in January – considering the money in our transfer coffers.
After the Mamadou Sakho sale, Klopp’s net spend from Liverpool’s supposed ‘biggest summer ever’ was a little over £40m.