Liverpool will reportedly have to pay £90million to land top target

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While Liverpool are looking to replace Philippe Coutinho following his £142 million move to Barcelona, and Lemar is certainly a player who could adapt to the Brazilian's role at Anfield.

This comes after Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim seemed to hint at a possible January exit for the midfielder.

Lemar's future at Monaco was a source of intense speculation last summer and he came close to moving to England towards the end when Arsenal and Liverpool were battling it out for his signature.

The Gunners need serious reinforcement and Lemar would offer that.

"Today, the market is open". "This is life. For sure he was our target but as you know this is football".

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Whether either club offers a deal that they can not say no to is yet to be seen but they seem to be open to decent offers.

The Frenchman will be even more furious if he is beaten to the punch by Liverpool this month, however, as Jurgen Klopp earmarks Lemar as the man to take Coutinho's place in his pacy attacking Reds side. Everything can change. The things I can say today are not true tomorrow.

"But the month is long and many things could happen". But it also makes a lot of sense as to why Lemar would want to wait, why Monaco would want to wait.

"He's young. He could play for another decade". However, 22-year-old Lemar decided that the move was happening too quickly and stayed in the principality.

Of course, we're all well aware that Jurgen Klopp could hold off from signing a Lemar or a Riyad Mahrez this month and wait to get his man in the summer in what he would view as the flawless circumstances. I wouldn't rule it out, but I don't see him beating down their door saying "it's now or never" because I don't think it is.