Chelsea Eyeing Up Long Term Arsenal Target Ahead of Potential January Move


The future of Thomas Lemar is discussed in The Daily Mirror, which reports that not only will Arsenal and Liverpool both make renewed attempts to sign the French midfielder next month, so will Chelsea.

French sports daily L'Equipe says the Blues are set to "enter the auction for the Monaco star" as soon as January's transfer window opens.

The Reds spent the closing stages of the summer transfer window pursuing the France worldwide, lodging a bid worth over £70 million.

L'Equipe state Arsenal are "willing" to offer the €100m again, which shows Arsene Wenger gives the January effort his full backing, despite the player's less than spectacular season.

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The North London outfit tabled a mammoth 100 million Euro offer for Lemar as a result, though they were surprisingly rebuffed, with Monaco having already parted with the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko for big money during the summer. Those clubs include Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona and more.

If Liverpool are indeed pursuing him, it will be interesting to see what Lemar would cost in this market. Monaco now sit third in Ligue 1, 9 points off the pace set by Paris Saint-Germain, and level on points with Lyon and Marseille. Unlike with Coutinho, Monaco are not only eliminated from the Champions League, but out of Europe altogether.

Lemar, a 22-year-old French worldwide, set Ligue 1 and the Champions League ablaze last season, with his combination of pace and pinpoint delivery having alerted some of Europe's biggest clubs to his talents.

Nevertheless, Klopp has experienced the benefits of a vast array of options this season, particularly during this busy winter run.