Sport Liverpool target Lemar could leave next summer

21:40  12 october  2017
21:40  12 october  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Southampton's Van Dijk hopes for January move to Liverpool

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The transfer window is now closed but clubs are already thinking ahead to January and next summer so we'll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. THOMAS LEMAR could have left Monaco for Arsenal or Liverpool had Manchester City signed Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.

THOMAS LEMAR could finally complete his move to the Premier League next summer while Monaco are not ruling out Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar in action for France. “We had some players who were supposed to leave this summer but didn't leave because of X, Y, Z. I think it

AS Monaco could sell Thomas Lemar next summer, with it being confirmed by their vice-president that Liverpool were seriously interested in the recent transfer window.

The Reds made many attempts late on in the window to land the France international, but were knocked back by a Monaco side eager to keep hold of their key players after a number of departures.

Arsenal were rumoured to have had a huge bid worth in the region of £90 million accepted for Lemar on the final day of the window, but the move fell through.

However, it doesn’t look as though all hope is lost for Liverpool in their pursuit of Lemar, and Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has admitted that the wide man could leave next summer.

Barcelona preparing £97m bid for Coutinho in January

  Barcelona preparing £97m bid for Coutinho in January According to reports in Spain, Barcelona are preparing a £97m bid for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in January, as the Brazilian continues to pursue a move to the La Liga side, the Express report. It is believed that Barcelona’s return bid will be identical to the one that got turned down in the summer, with the Spanish giants not willing to meet Liverpool’s demands of £175 million for the 25-year-old, who is under contract with the Reds until June 2022, having signed a new deal in January 2017. Coutinho’s potential move to the Catalan giants was one of the most talked about transfer sagas of the summer, with Barcelona making him their number one target to replace Neymar who was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee. The Brazilian has impressed since his return to the side, with his most recent goal coming in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle, and is believed to be in constant contact with Barca executives and potential new teammates in a hope a move can be agreed.

Some Liverpool fans have voiced their belief that the former Inter Milan midfielder could stay at the club past next summer with pictures of A likely scenario given the wild ending to the summer transfer window is that the Reds go back in for AS Monaco’s hugely talented midfielder Thomas Lemar .

Liverpool Transfer News: Phil Thompson thinks Liverpool should sign Lemar if Coutinho leaves . Klopp: Ox can reach his full potential. Liverpool are keen to bring in a replacement for Coutinho and have already signed Naby Keita for next summer . Thomas Lemar is their main target today and

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As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, the Monaco chief said:

“Liverpool were really interested. But it was Arsenal that was really close to finalising the deal. It was quite close. At the same time it was just too late, not enough time, to really follow up on this deal. Not all the elements of the puzzle fell in place.”

“I’m very happy he stayed with us. For us, we need a player like Thomas Lemar. He’s very important to our team.”

Vasilyev confirmed that both teams were keen to secure the services of Lemar, but were halted in their pursuits, and a move is possible at the end of the season.

“Definitely next summer will be something to look at, although you know in football there are no guarantees. We had some players who were supposed to leave this summer but didn’t leave because of X, Y, Z.”

“I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to an exit next year.”

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Palace eyeing up January move for Danny Ings .
Crystal Palace have identified Danny Ings as a possible January target but face competition from Newcastle, Watford and Southampton. The Mirror reports that the Reds are considering allowing the player leave on loan in January in an attempt to rebuild the player’s fitness levels after spending an extended period on the sidelines. Knee injuries have meant game time has come few and far between for the former Burnley man, but Jurgen Klopp is a thought to be a huge fan of the player. Ings has attracted interest from several teams in the Championship, but the player is believed to be keen on staying in the Premier League. The striker is said to believe that a strong end to the season could see him have an outside chance of making Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer. With Christian Benteke sidelined Roy Hodgson has been forced to play Wilfried Zaha as a makeshift striker as Palace go in search of goals.

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