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Liverpool couldn’t sign Thomas Lemar in the summer because of Arsenal, claims popular journalist Duncan Castles.
According to Castles, Arsenal were prepared to offer more money to sign Lemar last summer than Liverpool were ready to pay, so the player had to put a move to Anfield on hold.
“A guy they (Arsenal) are looking at to replace Sanchez is Thomas Lemar. He’s the one they agreed a fee with Monaco for in the summer window.
“Lemar, also wanted by Manchester United and on Jose Mourinho’s recruitment list for a winger. Liverpool tried to get him in the summer and had an agreement with him to come, but Arsenal gazumped them with more money so the player didn’t move.
“The boot is probably now on the other foot, in that deal. Lemar has still told Liverpool he will go, if they can get a deal.
“But Liverpool now have to come to an agreement on price with Monaco and they are holding off on that.
“Monaco, intelligently enough, realise there are three of the top English clubs wanting the player and they can wait.”
As we all know, Arsenal ended up not signing the winger, despite having a £92m bid accepted in the final hours of the transfer window. It was the player who also opted against the move, claiming it was too late to make such moves.
Arsenal were on the verge of selling Sanchez to City for £60m, meaning the club had more than enough money to spend on Lemar.
Now the table has turned, it is Liverpool who can now boast the financial power to sign the Monaco man, thanks to Countiho’s transfer to Barcelona.
Arsenal seem to have accepted defeat in the chase anyway, as Bordeaux winger Malcom who would cost a little above £40m is now its top target, although the club is yet to officially end its interest in Lemar..