Liverpool to use Divock Origi as makeweight in Thomas Lemar pursuit

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Liverpool are intent on adding AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar to the ranks in case Philippe Coutinho departs for Barcelona.

After a £66 million (€72 million) bid was knocked back by the Ligue 1 winners, The Reds have returned with an improved £74 million (€80 million) offer plus Belgian striker Divock Origi on loan.

That’s the news coming from French outlet L’Equipe, who claim that €50 million would be paid up front plus a further €30 million next summer.

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Thomas Lemar made 55 appearances in a season where Monaco clinched the Ligue 1 title and fought valiantly into the deeper stages of the UEFA Champions League. He scored 14 goals in all competitions, more than he’d managed in his first three seasons combined, and assisted 17 times.

Thomas Lemar was the subject of interest from Arsenal over the summer but a move failed to materialise after three bids were turned down by the French club, the highest of which was a £50 million offer – well below Liverpool’s current proposal.

AS Monaco will be extremely hesitant to sell during a window where Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, Valere Germain and potentially Kylian Mbappe all leave the club.

Liverpool are keen to try their luck, though, and are buoyed by the news of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita’s five-year deal with The Reds – which becomes effective on July 1, 2018.

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