Arsenal and Liverpool get a major transfer boost for Ligue 1 star

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Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has refused to rule out selling Liverpool and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar in the January transfer window.

Lemar was linked to Liverpool and Arsenal in the summer but remained on the French Riviera after former team-mates Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko all left for pastures new.

But Jardim admits a big offer this month could mean Lemar makes a move to the Premier League before the current campaign is over.

A spot has opened up in the Reds' midfield following the departure of Philippe Coutinho, who finalised a switch to Barcelona today in a reported £142m deal.

In Liverpool's case, the British record deal to sell Coutinho to Barcelona has seemingly set a precedent, and Monaco are said to be of the belief that "Lemar's value has also risen".

Both Liverpool and Arsenal were close to a deal on deadline day during the summer with the Gunners even making a £90 million bid for the attacker.

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"Monaco's position is that they don't intend to sell any of their top players this month".

And according to the Mirror, Monaco would be seeking an eye-watering fee of at least £90 million if they were to sell the 22-year-old.

Lemar emerged as one of the hottest young attacking talents in European football after providing 14 goals and 17 assists to help fire Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season.

The Gunners looked certain to land the mercurial France worldwide after what would have been a club record fee was agreed.

"And then going to Liverpool where, okay, like I say it's great but you might not play much and when you play you might be gapped because you will need a little bit of time to adapt to the league and to the culture and to the language and everything, six months before a World Cup, so it's just not a given. But I can see why Liverpool want it to happen now as well".

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