Lemar wants to join Barcelona


Liverpool withdrew from the race to sign Monaco star Thomas Lemar because he has his sights set on moving elsewhere.

The France international has identified Spanish giants Barcelona as the club he wants to join when he makes his protracted exit from the Ligue 1 side.

Manager Jurgen Klopp tried to bring the twenty-two year old to Anfield last Summer, but he saw his bid rejected before the fee dramatically rose.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger entered the bidding when it looked like Chile international Alexis Sanchez would be joining Manchester City and he would need a replacement.

Neither Premier League club ended up completing a deal for Lemar and he has remained with the French club following their refusal to let another key player leave on.

Liverpool were looking to reignite the deal when Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona last month, but Klopp was not convinced that Lemar was in the right frame of mind over a switch to Anfield.

And, according to The Mirror, it is because he has his heart set on joining the Brazil international at the Camp Nou at the end of the campaign.

Lemar has managed just three goals so far this season and that is unlikely to be the kind of form that will see the Catalan club stump up the money being spoken about that would secure a deal.

Arsenal remain keen on trying to lure him to England, which further complicates matters, and it has all seen Klopp shelve his interest in adding Lemar to his squad.

Barcelona have made Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann their top Summer target and that doesn’t bode well for Lemar, so he may end up crossing the Channel.

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