At the start of the day, we were told Liverpool would move for either Thomas Lemar of Monaco or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal. So when the club pushed through a deal for the latter, most assumed the former was off the table. However, Lemar making the switch to Anfield is still in play.
According to both sources in France and journalists with ties to Liverpool, the signing of Oxlade-Chamberlain does not end the club’s interest in Lemar—but Liverpool will need to move quickly if they’re to secure a deal as the player is expected to start in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier for France.
His involvement would make agreeing personal terms and undergoing a medical difficult if a deal cannot be pushed through this evening, and as a result it should only be a matter of hours before Liverpool fans know one way or another if Lemar is going to be joining the club for the 2017-18 season.
Liverpool most recently were willing to offer Monaco €81M and the loan of Divock Origi to secure Lemar’s services, and while Barcelona have also shown interest in the player, their offer today was far less than Liverpool’s, standing at just €60M plus the loan of Arda Turan for the season.
There have been further reports in the Catalan press that Barcelona’s main goal was to disrupt Liverpool’s transfer plans by turning the player’s head towards the La Liga side—retaliation for Liverpool’s continuing resistance to sanctioning the sale of want-away star Philippe Coutinho.
That, though has not stopped Liverpool’s push for the player, and neither has the singing of Oxlade-Chamberlain as the club push to close out the transfer window with two final signings—Lemar and Southampton centre half Virgil van Dijk.