Having previously submitted a £75M bid for Monaco’s talented 21-year-old attacker Thomas Lemar, Liverpool now know they will have to return with a better offer if they’re to have a chance of signing the young French international after Arsenal put in a £90M bid for him on deadline day.
Despite recent reports from journalists with ties to Arsenal suggesting the London club had no money to spend, a pair of late departures—one confirmed and one now expected—have freed up around £90M. And they appear now to be putting all of that money towards signing Lemar.
Part of the £90M will be coming, indirectly at least, from Liverpool, who have just paid £35M to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the Gunners. The remaining £55M is believed to be funded by the departure of Alexis Sanchez, with a deal reportedly in place with Manchester City.
Recent reports claimed Arsenal had agreed to sell Sanchez to City for £55M up front plus a further £5M in add-ons, but that they wanted a few hours first to sign his replacement—and that their top target to replace Sanchez was Lemar. Those reports appear verified by the latest news.
It is now up to Liverpool to decide if they are willing to match Arsenal’s bid. If they do, with Champions League football on offer it’s possible the player could still end up at Anfield.