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Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim insists the club is not ready to sell any of its players this winter, including Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea target Thomas Lemar.
Arsenal made a £90m (€100m) bid to try and acquire the 22-year-old’s signature on the transfer deadline day as they hoped to sign a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who was then on the brink of signing for Manchester City.
That was after Liverpool two bids rejected during a frenetic final week, one of which was said to have been worth €90m lodged 48 hours before the window slammed shut.
Interest from Arsenal and Liverpool re-emerged in late 2017 with L’Equipe reporting both clubs would make new bids in the January window – adding Premier League champions Chelsea had also initiated contact with the France international’s representatives to voice their interest.
Liverpool’s renewed efforts to sign the attacking midfielder come as Philippe Coutinho contemplates an exit from Anfield, with the Mirror reporting the Merseyside club have identified Lemar as a direct replacement for the Brazilian playmaker.
Lemar remains a target for Chelsea despite the seemingly imminent signing of Ross Barkley from Everton, but both the Blues and Liverpool may have to wait until the summer before any deal can be agreed.
“We are not in the habit of doing major sales of players (in the January window),” Jardim said, adding his Monaco players “understand” the club’s position.
Lemar was one of the new star players Monaco held on to after the club was raided during last summer’s transfer window. Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko, all integral to the club’s Ligue 1 title success joined Manchester City and Chelsea respectively while the jewel in the club’s crown Kylian Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan in a deal which will be made permanent at the end of the season for a £166m fee.