Liverpool handed massive blow in race for £90m dream target

Thomas Lemar is only interested in a move to Barcelona, according to reports. It’s a huge blow for Liverpool and Arsenal who have been actively pursuing the Monaco forward.

Both clubs have made contact with Monaco over the France international, with a deal that would have seen the 22-year-old come to the Premier League last summer nearly agreed.

Eventually Lemar stayed with Monaco but Arsenal have made enquiries this month while Liverpool are expected to make a move in the summer if he is still available.

But it could all be for nothing, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Lemar is only interested in a switch to Barcelona. The forward is said to have his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp.

He will hope that the Spanish side make a bid for him in the summer, with reports suggesting he is on their wish list of players as they continue to rebuild after the departure of Neymar.

Speaking about the possibility of Lemar leaving, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim said recently: ‘Today, the market is open. You know how crazy the market is.

“Things happen that even a club like Monaco cannot say no to. It happened to Liverpool [with Coutinho]. Things are as they are. ‘The numbers today are incredibly big. Everything can change. The things I can say today are not true tomorrow.’