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Monaco expect Lemar to leave next year amid Arsenal, Liverpool interest

Monaco expect Lemar to leave next year amid Arsenal, Liverpool interest
From ESPN - October 13, 2017

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has told Sky Sports that there is a "fair chance" of Thomas Lemar leaving next summer amid interest from the Premier League.

Arsenal and Liverpool both looked to sign the France international in the summer, but a move failed to materialise towards the end of the transfer window.

Vasilyev said Lemar was keen on a move to England, but stressed that Monaco do not plan on listening to any offers in January.

"Liverpool were really interested," he said. "But it was Arsenal that was really close to finalising the deal. It was quite close. At the same time it was just too late, not enough time to really follow up on this deal. Not all the elements of the puzzle fell in place.

"I am very happy he stayed with us. For us, we need a player like Thomas Lemar. He's very important to our team.

"Definitely next summer will be something to look at, although you know in football there are no guarantees. We had some players who were supposed to leave this summer but did not leave because of X, Y, Z.

"I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to an exit next year. January, in football, never say never, but this is not what we are thinking of. This is really not in our plans.

"Then we have to wait and see how the team does in different competitions, if we have an interest in him, and also his ambitions after the World Cup. January does not seem like the right time for major changes in the team."

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