Liverpool £92m top target insists he’s desperate to seal Anfield move

Monaco star Thomas Lemar has sent a come-and-get-me plea to Arsenal and Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window.

Arsenal were heavily linked with Lemar in the lead-up to the 2017/18 campaign but the north London giants failed with a £92million bid for the 22-year-old on deadline day.

While the Gunners remain interested in Lemar, recent reports suggest that Liverpool are closing in on an agreement in principle for the France international.

It’s understood Jurgen Klopp views Lemar as an ideal replacement for Philippe Coutinho following the Brazilian’s move to Barcelona in January.

Lemar revealed that he was ‘disappointed’ not secure a Premier League move last summer and admitted that he is keen to join either Arsenal or Liverpool at the end of the season.

Asked about failed bids from Arsenal and Liverpool, Lemar told Telefoot: ‘I’m not going to hide it, I was a little disappointed. I try not to think about it.

‘I’ve kept working so that these clubs come back during the next transfer window. My future? I am open to everything. I love all the different leagues.’

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev made it clear that Lemar was not for sale in January. ‘He will stay at Monaco until the end of the season 100 per cent,’ Vasilyev told RMC.

‘If Liverpool or Arsenal come with a big offer before the end of the market? This is not relevant. We will say no because the objectives are clear. Without important players like Lemar, we will not succeed.’