Monaco Ready to Cash In on Lemar But are English Clubs Interested?

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AS Monaco are prepared to open negotiations for their prodigiously talented winger Thomas Lemar and hope the news will tempt English clubs to the table, claims the Independent.

After months of speculation that the 22-year-old winger was joining Liverpool, it was Arsenal who agreed a £92m fee with the Ligue Un club for the player.

However, Lemar felt the deadline day deal was too rushed and decided to remain in the Principality, as well as wrecking Alexis Sanchez’s dream move to Manchester City.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and the unanswered question is whether either of the Premier League clubs will return to the table, especially as last summer’s asking price is the value the former French champions placed on Lemar’s head.

Vadim Vasilvey, Monaco vice-president told Telefoot that Lemar would “cost a lot”. That perception is seemingly driven by the £142m fee Liverpool received for Philippe Coutinho. As yet unspent, it seems Monaco’s aim is to relieve them of most of that cash with talk of a €120m fee on the France international’s services.

If Lemar enjoys a good World Cup during the summer, that fee may prove to be realistic, particularly if some of the elite clubs become tempted by his performances.