Thomas Lemar and Leon Bailey

Andy Brassell says Thomas Lemar could be heading to Liverpool this month

GETTY Andy Brassell says Thomas Lemar could be heading to Liverpool this month

Arsenal and Liverpool have received a big boost in their pursuit of Monaco star Thomas Lemar, as boss Leonardo Jardim hints that he could leave.

Liverpool were reported as being favourites to win the battle for Lemar's signature but bookmakers rate Arsenal as equally likely to complete the massive deal, with odds of 4/1 for it to happen.

Personally, I would prefer to sign Lemar this month and ensure that the Reds have the best possible opportunity to achieve success in the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League.

But it was said that Lemar turned down the move to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day and consequently the Gunners also blocked the departure of Sanchez to Pep Guardiola's side.

But given Lemar was a target for Liverpool towards the end of the summer transfer window, it seems likely he would remain on the radar following Coutinho's exit.

Thomas Lemar and Leon Bailey

Liverpool are looking for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who had his dream move to Barcelona finalised on Saturday, and the Reds are long time admirers of the France global.

After contributing to 31 goals in all competitions for Monaco last season (14 goals, 17 assists), the Frenchman has endured a slightly more subdued time on the pitch this campaign, scoring twice and making four assists in Ligue 1.

That is because Jurgen Klopp's side, as well as Manchester United, are in the mix for the Chilean now.

"The thing is that in the summer he was definitely closer to joining Arsenal than Liverpool". If I stay here for 10 years I want Lemar to stay with me for 10 years.

And according to the Mirror, Monaco would be seeking an eye-watering fee of at least £90 million if they were to sell the 22-year-old. "He's got a lot of qualities and I like him a lot".

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