Reported Liverpool target Lemar could leave Monaco, Jardim admits

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Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has admitted the club could struggle to keep hold of Thomas Lemar during the January transfer window.

Liverpool and Arsenal have reportedly been informed that they must pay close to nine figures if they are to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco.

The Gunners tried and failed with a £90million bid for the Frenchman on deadline day which scuppered Sanchez's move to the Etihad. With surging interest of the top clubs in their prized possession, Monaco have chose to encash big on Lemar and have demanded a whopping £90 million for his services.

Lemar has only found the net three times this season but reports linking him with both Liverpool and Arsenal continue. "This is life. For sure he was our target but as you know this is football".

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"In the last two transfer windows, last summer and this winter, the numbers have gone up enormously". But the paper says Liverpool are considering paying a premium on top of the fee to bring him in during the January transfer window instead.

That said, Liverpool will have to put a huge amount of money if they want to land Lemar at Anfield as Monaco representatives have finally elected the price for their star player. However, 22-year-old Lemar decided that the move was happening too quickly and stayed in the principality.

Liverpool are looking for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who had his dream move to Barcelona finalised on Saturday, and the Reds are long time admirers of the France worldwide.

The 28-year-old could join the Nerazzurri on a six-month loan deal, according to the Turin-based newspaper, as he seeks to play his way into the World Cup plans of England manager Gareth Southgate.

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