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TOP STORY: Liverpool line up move for Lemar
It’s been a very good day for Liverpool, whose hammering of Arsenal at Anfield could soon be followed by another positive development, according to the Telegraph.
Citing sources in France, the paper reports that the Merseysiders “have made an inquiry to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar for a club-record fee of up to €60 million,” with the move not tied to the future of Philippe Coutinho, who remains heavily linked with Barcelona.
Although Liverpool have been adamant that Brazil international Coutinho will not be sold, the Telegraph writes that “it remains to be seen whether Barcelona make a final offer before the window closes.”
But whatever happens, they remain keen on Lemar, who has been a target for Arsenal — although Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said last week that the French champions had ruled out selling him.
Meanwhile, Monaco “are fighting to keep star striker Kylian Mbappe amid increasing reports that a deal to sell him to Paris Saint-Germain is close to being struck,” the Telegraph adds.
But the Telegraph says “senior sources at both Monaco and PSG have denied claims that a deal has been agreed for Mbappe and that the 18-year-old is due to have a medical on Monday.”
Chelsea set to table Llorente offer
Antonio Conte has repeatedly said he wants to add more new faces to his Chelsea squad before the window closes, and Swansea striker Fernando Llorente could be one of them, the Independent reports.
It says Conte “has a long-standing interest in the Spanish striker, having signed him for Juventus, and feels he is an ideal backup and mentor to compatriot Alvaro Morata, with whom he has also worked.”
The key to the move going through could be Swansea’s efforts to bring their former striker Wilfried Bony back to the Liberty Stadium from Manchester City.
The Independent reports that “Swansea are likelier to do business once that deal is complete, although there will have to be some compromise,” with Chelsea willing to pay around £20m for Llorente but Swansea’s valuation nearer to £30m.”
Meanwhile, the Premier League champions remain strongly linked with moves for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal, with Southampton defender Cedric Soares another potential target.
– Tottenham’s hopes of signing promising midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop from Celta Vigo are about to be thwarted, according to the Mail. It reports that although Spurs submitted an offer of around £10m for the Spain under-19 international earlier this month, Ligue 1 club Lyon “have jumped ahead and are closing in on securing his signature” after bidding £13.8m plus a further £9m in add-ons. Lyon “expect to wrap up the signing over the next 24 hours.”
– Brighton manager Chris Hughton is desperate to add to his attacking options before the window closes, the Telegraph reports, saying Hughton “knows he must act if his club are to have a chance of remaining in the Premier League.” The Seagulls have been frustrated in attempts to boost their firepower, with FC Zurich striker Raphael Dwamena having failed a medical and Swansea winning the race to sign Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea.
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