Jardim braced for Lemar bids

Thomas Lemar

Arsenal and Liverpool have received a big boost in their pursuit of Monaco star Thomas Lemar, as boss Leonardo Jardim hints that he could leave.

Arsenal's attempts to sign the player will also be helped by Monaco's softening stance on Lemar possibly leaving in the winter transfer window. "But the month is long and many things could happen", in a subtle shift in the club's previously staunch denials that Lemar could leave.

Lemar is regarded as one of the most exciting young midfielders to have emerged out of France in recent years, thanks largely due to his exploits for Monaco last season.

Jardim's comments regarding potential winter sales may offer Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hope regarding his chances of landing France worldwide Lemar, particularly with Monaco out of the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool - as well as Arsenal - were heavily linked with a swoop for Lemar in the summer window but a deal never materialised.

The 22-year-old has been in decent form this season, scoring two goals from 13 league appearances, and both the Gunners and Liverpool are said to be reigniting their interest in the winger.

Arsene Wenger also remains keen on Lemar after failing with a late offer last summer, with the Arsenal boss seeing the former Caen youngster as a possible replacement for the outgoing Alexis Sanchez.

Sevilla have only signed one player during the January transfer window and still want to bring in new right full-back, centre-back, defensive midfielder and striker - and Batshuayi is their No. 1 target.

Lemar would be a natural replacement for Coutinho but Liverpool FC could be forced to pay over the odds for the talented France attacker given Monaco will be aware of the Reds' inflated transfer budget.

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