Liverpool open talks to sign world-class No.11 as Coutinho’s replacement

Liverpool are in talks with Monaco over a deal to sign Thomas Lemar this month, according to reports. Jurgen Klopp‘s side wanted to sign the France international in the summer but the Ligue 1 champions stood firm and refused to part with the midfielder.

The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool are resigned to losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this month and are ready to accept a huge offer from the Catalan club.

In preparation for Coutinho’s departure, Liverpool have re-opened negotiations with the Ligue 1 champions as they have identified Lemar as the player to replace the Brazilian.

Arsenal wanted to sign Lemar as Alexis Sanchez’s replacement in the summer, while Manchester United are also interested, but it’s claimed that the 22-year-old’s preferred destination is Anfield.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are reportedly preparing a bid in excess of €150 million (£133.5m) for Coutinho. The deal, which includes €40m (£35.6m) worth of add-ons, will comfortably surpass the £85m Real Madrid paid to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham in 2013, which is the currently the highest transfer fee received by a Premier League club.

Liverpool have tried but failed to convince Coutinho to stay, and while the final decision has been left to Jurgen Klopp, the feeling at Anfield is that the 25-year-old’s departure is a question of when and not if.