Liverpool have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar, as his current manager Leonardo Jardim has dropped a hint in an interview with L'Equipe that a deal could happen in January.
Monaco accepted a £90m offer from Arsenal on transfer deadline day, only for Lemar to turn down a move to the Emirates, and the French champions insist this is the starting point for any new negotiations.
"Lemar was brilliant for the first couple of months in the league, but Monaco are trying to balance player turnover".
Liverpool have been linked with French global and Monaco star Thomas Lemar and the rumors have gathered pace since the departure of Coutinho from the Anfield club.
"You know the problem with the transfer window", he said in a press conference when quizzed about Lemar's future at Monaco.
After contributing to 31 goals in all competitions for Monaco last season (14 goals, 17 assists), the Frenchman has endured a slightly more subdued time on the pitch this campaign, scoring twice and making four assists in Ligue 1.
"I want to keep Lemar".
"He's young. He could play for another decade".
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.
Meanwhile, Liverpool were also linked with Lemar in the summer and the rumours have resurfaced following Phillipe Coutinho's departure to Barcelona. If I stayed here for 10 years, I'd want Lemar to stay with me for 10 years. "He has a lot of qualities, I like him a lot".
The Reds and Gunners have always been linked with Lemar after his stunning form last term piqued their interest, and both are plotting moves for the France worldwide as replacements for Philippe Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez respectively.