AS Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar has rejected a contract offer from the Ligue 1 club.
That’s according to a report by French newspaper L’Equipe, who are claiming that the France international has turned down the deal as he wants to keep his opens option.
Liverpool were strongly linked with a move for Lemar last Summer and the speculation resurfaced last month following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a deal worth around £145m.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is reported to have placed the twenty-two year old on his shortlist of targets to replace the Brazil international and could decide to launch a bid to bring him to Anfield at the end of the season.
He is likely to face competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger still keen to link up with his compatriot next season – in what could be his final campaign in charge at the London club.
Lemar’s current contract runs until the Summer of 2020, so Monaco are likely to have to sell him this year if they are to bring in the best possible transfer fee for his services.
They are very keen to keep him at the club, but they may have to accept that he is going to want to make an exit.