Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

'Liverpool target Lemar could move in January' - Monaco boss Jardim

'Liverpool target Lemar could move in January' - Monaco boss Jardim

Liverpool have received some positive news in their search for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, after Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim hinted that Thomas Lemar could be prised away from the French side in January.

Bayer Leverkusen's 20-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey is said to be a target for Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, and German global midfielder Leon Goretzka could reportedly join Liverpool from Schalke 04 on a free transfer next summer.

Jardim's comments regarding potential winter sales may offer Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hope regarding his chances of landing France global Lemar, particularly with Monaco out of the UEFA Champions League.

The versatile France worldwide has also been linked with Liverpool, who are seeking replacements for key midfielder Philippe Coutinho after he sealed a dream move to Barcelona.

Jardim was quoted as saying that "many things can happen" while talking about the possibility of a transfer. Manchester City still hope to strike a deal for Alexis Sanchez this month after their summer deadline day move collapsed, a development that would once again see Arsenal turn to Lemar as a replacement for the Chile worldwide, Saturday's report from L'Equipe added.

"We are not used to selling in the winter", Jardim told reporters on Monday.

Monaco insist they don't want to lose the young attacker this month but the Mirror say Liverpool are ready to test their resolve with a formal bid - although they'll have to offer around £90m to tempt the Ligue 1 giants in to a deal.

Liverpool have already spent a sizeable chunk of any funds by signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in a £75 million deal, and the desire to replace Coutinho adequately could also take big investment.

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