Date: 8th February 2018 at 10:00pm
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remain ahead of in the pursuit of Monaco’s Thomas Lemar according to the Independent.

The newspaper’s chief football writer Miguel Delaney says the Reds are closely monitoring the winger’s situation following a report in L’Equipe that the Frenchman has turned down a new contract to stay with the Ligue One club.

Lemar was close to signing for back in August, but were also said to have made an offer for the attacking midfielder.

The Reds are believed to have had a £78m bid rejected by Monaco, while Arsenal’s own offer was accepted. It seems however that at present, the player has his heart set on a move to Anfield.

The winger has struggled for form this season following an excellent campaign last year. His three goals and five assists in 23 matches is not a great return, and with the Mirror reporting that would only accept bids of £90m or above, it is open to debate whether such an investment is worthwhile.