Liverpool still hopeful of reaching deal for Monaco's Thomas Lemar despite Oxlade-Chamberlain move

Liverpool still hopeful of reaching deal for Monaco's Thomas Lemar despite Oxlade-Chamberlain move

Liverpool are still looking to wrap up a deadline day deal for AS Monaco attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar despite the imminent announcement of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's arrival.

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Charlie Malam

Liverpool have not yet given up hope of signing Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco before the transfer window shuts on Thursday night.

The Reds are close to confirming a £35 million deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal, the England international conducting his medical at the Three Lions' training Burton-on-Trent base on Wednesday night.

But the addition of Oxlade-Chamberlain has no impact on Liverpool's club-record pursuit of attacking midfielder Lemar, who has been the subject of several bids in recent days.

Jürgen Klopp recently sanctioned a £75 million club-record offer for the France international and Liverpool's medical staff are reportedly standing by to travel to Lemar, who is currently in Clairefontaine with the France squad ahead of a World Cup qualifying clash with Holland.

But Monaco and Liverpool have yet to agree a deal and one would need to be quickly thrashed out with Lemar expected to feature for his country in Paris tomorrow night.

The 21-year-old attacker is thought to be receptive to an Anfield switch having been touted as an Arsenal target for much of the summer, though Gunners boss Arsène Wenger conceded defeat earlier this month - saying: "It's dead because Monaco has closed the door."

Lemar scored 14 goals and laid on 17 assists in 55 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions, who also reached the Champions League semi-finals, last term.

 

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Monaco have lost several members of the electric attacking side who stunned in France and on the continent under Leonardo Jardim and are reportedly keen to keep Lemar despite the recent captures of Keita Baldé Diao and Stefan Jovetić.  

Reports suggest that Monaco - who have rejected apparent bids worth £55.5 million and £64.8 million - are holding out for closer to £92 million (€100 million) if they are to be tempted into letting him go.

Having brought in Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keïta in the last few days, Liverpool also want to secure Virgil van Dijk's signature - though a deal remains complicated.

Southampton have so far shown no indication to sell the want-away centre-back, although Klopp would be willing to sanction a world-record fee for a defender - over £70 million - to sign him.

The club could yet see several outgoings too with Mamadou Sakho subject to strong interest from Crystal Palace, Lazar Marković linked with Watford and Divock Origi attracting attention from Wolfsburg.

Liverpool are set to let the Belgian striker join the Bundesliga club on loan for a fee of £6 million, with his wages paid in their entirety, as Origi looks for more consistent first-team minutes.

Origi has been of interest to a whole host of clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, but Liverpool want to loan him to a European club for the current campaign.

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