Leonardo Jardim Concedes Monaco ‘Can’t Say No’ in ‘Crazy’ Window as Liverpool & Arsenal Chase Lemar

Liverpool and ​Arsenal appear to have been given a boost in their January pursuit of AS ​Monaco star Thomas Lemar as the club’s manager Leonardo Jardim has admitted the Ligue 1 club could lose the fight to keep hold of the 22-year-old this month.

Lemar has been at the centre of a transfer tussle between the two ​Premier League clubs since the summer, with the Gunners’ deal on deadline day falling through before the Reds failed to agree to terms for the player.  

In a press conference on Thursday, Jardim was asked about Lemar’s future and he said, via ​Get Football News France: “Today, the market is open. You know how crazy the market is. Things happen that even a club like Monaco cannot say no to. It happened to ​Liverpool [with Coutinho]. 

“Things are as they are. The numbers today are incredibly big. Everything can change. The things I can say today are not true tomorrow. In the last two transfer windows, last summer and this winter, the numbers have gone up enormously. 

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“I still want to keep Lemar. If I stay here for 10 years I want Lemar to stay with me for 10 years. He is young, he can still play for 10 years. He has a lot of qualities, I like him a lot.”

The Gunners have recently been linked with ​Brazilian winger Malcom as the likely sale of Alexis Sanchez has shifted their focus from Lemar, who is said to prefer a move to Anfield. 

Whilst the sale of Philippe Coutinho for a ​British record £142m has ensured Liverpool remain in the market for an attacker and they are likely to have been buoyed from the statements made by the Monaco boss. 

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The France international has scored just three goals this season in 20 appearances, a stark contrast to the 11 goals and 14 assists he accumulated in a breakthrough campaign last season. 

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