Liverpool handed major boost in Thomas Lemar pursuit

Liverpool handed major boost in Thomas Lemar pursuit

They may have missed out on signing him in January due to what Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called "crazy money", but it appears AS Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar hasn't given up hope of a move away from the Ligue 1 champions with the Frenchman refusing to put pen to paper on a new deal.

The midfielder is contracted to Monaco until the summer of 2020, but his decision to turn down fresh terms could force the French club to cash in.

The 22-year-old is wanted by both Premier League clubs, who have been tracking him for the past year.

Lemar is hopeful that turning down an extension to his deal means he will be allowed to leave in the summer window - he is keen to move to the Premier League.

Liverpool eyed Lemar as a possible purchase to replace Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in a £145million deal in January.

Yet as Klopp proved with his pursuit of now club-record buy Virgil van Dijk, the German manager is not afraid to wait until the circumstances are ideal to buy the player he wants and I expect this to be the same with Lemar.

The duo were once again touted as potential suitors throughout January but Monaco made it clear they weren't prepared to let the French worldwide leave mid-season. Lemar though, is seen as the most valuable player out of the lot by Jardim as he was the first to shine from the batch that helped the club win the title last season. As the end of January rolled closer, Monaco - who had changed their position on a sale a few times during the month - decided that he wasn't going anywhere no matter what offer came rolling across their desk.

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