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Liverpool transfer news: Reds not keen to pay Monaco £90m for Thomas Lemar

Liverpool transfer news: Reds not keen to pay Monaco £90m for Thomas Lemar

Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, left, is a Liverpool transfer target

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Liverpool want Thomas Lemar to replace Philippe Coutinho, but will not pursue the midfielder if Monaco continue to seek £90m for him.

According to The Sunday Times, manager Jurgen Klopp is keen for the £142m Barcelona paid for Coutinho to be reinvested wisely, meaning the Reds could wait until the summer to try and secure a better deal.

Arsenal were said to be willing to pay £92m for the 22-year-old France international in the summer, but a deal fell through with reports claiming Lemar was not prepared to play in the Europa League and favoured a switch to Liverpool.

The Reds believe something closer to £60m is more reasonable and are currently weighing up alternatives, one of which includes Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic, 19.

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig have released a statement claiming midfielder Naby Keita will not be moving to Anfield until July 2018.

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