Liverpool make Thomas Lemar inquiry, planning to pay record £55m for the France international

The Monaco midfielder has been a target for Premier League big guns like Arsenal and Manchester United, and Liverpool are the latest to join the race.

Thomas Lemar
Thomas Lemar Reuters

Liverpool have made an inquiry to sign Monaco's Thomas Lemar for a club record fee of up to €60m (£55m), according to sources in France, as reported by the Telegraph.

The Reds are said to be ready to pay a club record fee of up to €60m (£55m) for the French international, according to the Telegraph.

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The move is not linked to the future of Philippe Coutinho with Liverpool having rejected three offers from Barcelona for the play-maker including a package of up to €125m (£115m).

Lemar has long been wanted by Arsenal, also, and has recently been linked to Manchester United and it is understood that Liverpool's inquiry was made earlier this summer and remains active, as reported by the Mirror.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said last week that a move for Lemar was "dead" for his club.

Monaco have already seen Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva leave the club this summer, with Kylian Mbappe said to be on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Senior sources at both Monaco and PSG last night denied claims that a deal had been agreed for Mbappe and that the 18-year-old was due to have a medical on Monday but it does appear that an agreement is inching closer if the demands of Financial Fair Play can be met.

It still seems extraordinary that Monaco would agree to such a measure with one of their rivals but it has been discussed and they know Mbappe has set his heart on PSG.

With Lemar, who was in the team who faced Marseille, Monaco believe they can command an even greater fee than has been offered for him so far next summer as they regard him as a rising star of French football.

Versatility is Lemar's key attribute, and he is a player who can play anywhere across the frontline although usually on the left. But Lemar also, potentially, can play as a wing-back which is where another Premier League club, Chelsea, considered using him had they made a bid this summer.

Monaco told bidders earlier in this window that they will only allow one of Bakayoko or Lemar, to leave now – and will try and resist selling Lemar, who finished last season with 12 goals and 14 assists for Monaco as they won the French league and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.