Monaco man Thomas Lemar wanted to make a move to either Liverpool or Arsenal back in the Summer.
But the French club decided against selling the France international despite receiving some big money bids from the two Premier League clubs near the end of the transfer window.
Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed that the Ligue 1 champions turned down offers after Lemar informed the club that he wanted to leave for England.
“These offers came late, very late, in the market so once you cannot replace a player they become even more difficult to accept.” he told the Telegraph.
“We plan and when it’s the last days it’s very difficult. I don’t want to confirm the figures but it was about that. It was too late to make all the components work – to find a replacement; reach an agreement.
“It was just too late. But in the end I am very happy because we always wanted to keep Thomas.” he added.
He went on to confirm that the in-demand attacker wanted to join either Liverpool or Arsenal after offers were made, but they insisted that he had to stay put for the time being.
“He wanted to go to the Premier League and I had a few discussions with him and I said ‘stay, stay, stay’” he said.
“But, of course, when the offers were very, very high, higher than we initially expected then we had to talk, to discuss. But in the end we were very happy.”
When asked if he thought that Lemar would be the subject of further offers when the transfer window reopens in January, he admitted that it is likely – but he said that the French club won’t be forced into a sale.
“Yes, probably. We understand that we are basically a selling club and we accept that but at the same time we are in a good financial situation so we don’t have to sell and we want to keep the club competitive.” he responded.
“This is not about making money, it’s about being successful. So there is always this balance.” he finished.
Liverpool could certainly do with a player of Lemar’s quality with Sadio Mane’s injury absence.