Liverpool have reportedly ended their interest in Monaco forward Thomas Lemar.
The Reds were thought to be one of a host of European sides interested in the 22-year-old Frenchman ahead of the summer season transfer window.
Having sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a staggering ₤ 142million deal in January, manager Jurgen Klopp is on the hunt for a replacement and was eyeing a move for young Frenchman Lemar.
However, inning accordance with the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have actually eliminated the Monaco ace from their list of targets, leaving Premier League equals Arsenal in pose position to sign him.
This most current news comes after Liverpool appeared to be have actually been given a boost in their pursuit after Lemar reportedly chose not to sign a new contract with the French club.
However, the Reds have actually decided to end their pursuit, and will now focus on other targets ahead of the summertime window.
It is claimed Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards held talks with Monaco last August over a potential move for Lemar, however the Reds were unable to concur a deal.
Arsenal’s interest in the Frenchman is stated to have bumped up their asking price for the child, and Liverpool were not prepared to satisfy their demands, with Klopp feeling the funds would be much better invested in other places.
Lemar captured the attention of Liverpool and Arsenal after he scored 14 objectives and declared 17 assists as Monaco won the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.
However, possibly due to the uncertainly over his future, the youngster has failed to repeat that form this term and has only three objectives and five assists in 23 appearances.