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Thomas Lemar has a quit a good chance of leaving Monaco in the summer, but the club has confirmed it is possible to see Premier League offers for him when the January’s transfer window reopens.
Arsenal have reportedly made a bid more than £90m on Deadline Day in the summer for the France international but the deal failed.
Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told Sky Sports News, in a wide-ranging interview.”Liverpool were really interested in him, But it was Arsenal that was really close to sign the player.”
“It was quite close. At the same time it was just too late, not enough time, to really follow up on this deal. I’m very happy he stayed with us. For us, we need a player like Thomas Lemar. He’s very important to our team.
“Definitely next summer will be something to look at. In football, there are no guarantees. We had some players who were supposed to leave this summer but didn’t leave because of X, Y, Z. I think Thomas will have a fair chance to an exit next year.
“As for January, never say never in football, but this is not what we’re thinking of and not in our plans.
“Then we have to wait and see, how the team does, in different competitions, if we have an interest in him, and also his ambitions after the World Cup. January doesn’t seem like the right time for major changes in the team.”
Thomas Lemar joined Monaco in summer of 2015 from Caen for a reported £3.4m transfer fee. The 21-year-old France international has played in 95 games so far as he scored 19 goals and collected 24 assists for the club. He won the League 1 title with Monaco last season.