Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce says that the £90m fee demanded by AS Monaco for Thomas Lemar has put Jürgen Klopp off, but also suggested Liverpool’s reluctance to do a deal might change over the next week.
Earlier in January, Anfield Edition revealed that Thomas Lemar was made available by AS Monaco for £90m.
However, Monaco have now softened their stance and will settle for less than £90m, providing the majority of the fee is paid up front, according to Football Whispers.
This will come as a major boost to Liverpool who recently sold Coutinho to Barcelona in a deal worth £142m.
Liverpool need to strengthen their attack because where do they look too if one of Mane or Salah get injured? The only suitable replacement to play on the wing is Oxlade-Chamberlain – who is currently enjoying a good spell in midfield.
It has also been revealed that the set fee of £105m for Philippe Coutinho will be paid in multiple instalments over the course of the next four years, with £37m in potential add-ons bringing the total to £142m.
Liverpool aren’t necessarily in any hurry to spend the Coutinho money in January, however, Klopp would ideally like to add some depth to his attack ahead of a busy end to the season, with Liverpool competing in the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Thomas Lemar is the priority at this moment in time.