Liverpool sprung something of a surprise this week with the excellent acquisition of Fabinho from AS Monaco. The deal, reported by the BBC to be worth around £39 million, came out of the blue and it sees Liverpool add bite to their midfield and coverage in a number of different positions.
Liverpool, who will also see Naby Keita arrive this summer and are on the hunt for Nabil Fekir, look set to launch an attack on the Premier League this season after being the only side to better Manchester City on more than one occasion and their incredible run to the Champions League final.
So could they reignite interest in one of Fabinho’s former Monaco team-mates and a player they tried to sign previously? The player in question is French international winger Thomas Lemar.
He has been a revelation in the principality since his arrival from Caen in 2015. Back in January, it was even reported Liverpool had reached an agreement with the player, but a £90 million asking price always remained a sticking point – as reported by The Sun.
But, with it clear that channels between the two clubs can be opened, are Liverpool now in the driving seat to bring the attacking midfielder to England.
The £90 million fee remains an issue. But after a season in which Lemar did not reach his heady heights of 2016-17, there is surely some wiggle room on that.
Liverpool also have plenty of players they could perhaps offer to Monaco to sweeten any deal, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Lazar Markovic all dispensable.
After managing to do business with the notoriously difficult Monaco to bring Brazilian international Fabinho to Anfield the Reds are surely in pole position to bring Lemar to England this summer.