Thomas Lemar transfer saga ready to start all over again

Monaco Vadim Vasilyev Thomas Lemar

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insists that Thomas Lemar will not be allowed to leave Stade Louis II during the January transfer window. The London based clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea, along with the likes of Liverpool have been struggling to make an impact and this has only helped their rivals in making a firm impact at their expense.

The answer from Monaco has been, so far, resounding: Lemar is not for sale and there is no intention, therefore, to open negotiations for a possible transfer.

Vasilyev said: "The sales of important players is not on the agenda".

The news of Liverpool's likely signing of Lemar will add to the speculation that Philippe Coutinho will be moving to Barcelona in the new year.

Chelsea have suffered a set back in their pursuit of AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar as the player wants to join Liverpool, The Independent reports. "We have never spoken [to Lemar or his entourage] about the possibility of a January departure".

Whether these comments from the Monaco vice-president are true, or are just part of a game being played to create a bidding war and drive up the price, only time will tell.

The France global was the subject of huge transfer speculation in the summer and Premier League outfit Arsenal were close to acquiring his services after launching an audacious £90million bid.

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