As reported by French newspaper L’Equipe, Liverpool made a stunning late bid for Monaco star Thomas Lemar on deadline day but were swiftly rebuffed.
What’s the story?
Lemar is one of the most wanted attacking midfielders in Europe right now, with Arsenal also eager to add him to their squad this summer.
However, Liverpool were also in the hunt right up to the last hours of the window. That’s according to L’Equipe who say the Reds tabled a £74m, with £8m worth of add-ons ti bring him to Anfield on deadline day.
It was an offer rejected by the Ligue 1 side but the paper leave the prospect of the deal being pursued again in January tantalisingly open.
Will this be a transfer saga that rolls into the new year?
Why the fuss?
Lemar showed just this week a glimpse of his ability, netting for France in their 4-0 rout of the Netherlands on Thursday. His future with the national team is as bright as his potential club career, winning 6 caps for his country already at the age of 21.
Last season for Monaco he was lethal on the left hand side, scoring an impressive 14 goals and creating 16 assists on Monaco’s way to the Ligue 1 title.
That’s firepower that would be very welcome at Liverpool, despite the talent already at Anfield. Just think about the impact he could make mid-season if the Reds made a January move.