Reds on verge of Thomas Lemar deal

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Liverpool look set to beat off competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal to secure the signing of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

Lemar has two years remaining on his contract at the Stade Louis II and the only possible obstacle in Liverpool's path could be a big money bid from Atletico Madrid, who are apparently also plotting a move for Lemar as a possible replacement for Antoine Griezmann in the summer.

Le 10 Sport report that the deal is not done yet but the English club are close to getting a "yes" from the player and will then be able to table a formal bid.

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The claim appears to contradict what has been previously reported by the British press, with the Liverpool Echo having claimed in February that Lemar is not on Jurgen Klopp's summer wish list.

Since his arrival on the South coast, the midfielder has racked up 79 appearances in which he has scored 16 goals.

A move didn't materialise despite offers of around €80 million for the France global, but Lemar seems determined to depart AS Monaco this summer.

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The Reds won the first leg 5-0 in Portugal and eased into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in nine years.

Lemar has scored three goals and supplied eights assists in 27 Monaco matches this season after failing to hit the heights of his stunning 2016-17 campaign, in which he struck 14 goals and supplied 17 assists for the team that was the talk of Europe.

This season, Lemar has struggled with a number of injury setbacks which could potentially see his price tag fall.

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