France's Thomas Lemar ( Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport)

French reports claim Liverpool closing in on Thomas Lemar transfer

Rumours over summer transfers are already back on the agenda and the Reds are revisiting a previous bid according to reports in France.

Thomas Lemar was the subject of a bid from Liverpool, as well as Arsenal, before the window shut at the start of the current campaign.

A move didn’t materialise despite offers of around €80 million for the France international, but Lemar seems determined to depart AS Monaco this summer.

While it was all quiet in January regarding continued interest from Liverpool in the 22-year-old, reports emanating from France suggest he remains high on the agenda and a move is close.

Le10Sport claim Lemar is close to agreeing financial terms with the Reds over a move, with talks having taken place recently.

Moreover, Liverpool believe that would represent the hardest part of any summer transfer, with Monaco already giving the green light to Lemar over his exit.

France's Goal and Joy Thomas lemar during the France vs Netherlands 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifying Match at State de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France on August 31, 2017. France won 4-0. Photo by Christian Liewig/ABACAPRESS.COM

The deal would still require a massive transfer fee, doubtless close to or even eclipsing the club record fee of £75m paid for Virgil van Dijk in January.

There is also likely to be competition from elsewhere if the versatile attacking midfielder is confirmed as being available, whether from Arsenal or other top European clubs.

It’s worth noting that while rumours will continue to swirl from now until the end of the season and into summer, the Echo have already suggested the Reds have lost interest entirely in Lemar.

Whether a tactic to lower expectations or a simple change of heart over what was once a supposed key target, it’s still open to debate whether Jurgen Klopp will regard Lemar as a key piece of the puzzle.

The Reds’ front three has been feared at home and abroad this season and will need competition, while Lemar can also function as a creative midfield outlet, an area of the team which should see quite some regeneration this coming summer.

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