Liverpool could sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco this month with the Ligue 1 giants showing signs of softening their transfer stance, reports say.
Liverpool are keen on Lemar despite the France international struggling for form with Monaco this season.
The forward has been heavily tipped to move to Afield as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who was sold to Barcelona in a huge £142million deal earlier this month.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has always been coy on his interest in the 22-year-old, recently deeming his £90million price tag to be “excessive”.
But the Liverpool Echo say a move to Merseyside could yet materialise before next week’s deadline.
It is said Monaco are showing signs of softening their current stance.
Leonardo Jardim has repeatedly insisted Lemar is not for sale, particularly given how they lost the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy back in the summer.
However, the Liverpool Echo say that may be just to save face and prevent discontent growing among the fans.
Yet whether the Reds meet Monaco’s asking price remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, speaking earlier this month, journalist Duncan Castles says Liverpool reached an agreement back in the summer.
“Liverpool tried to get him in the summer and had an agreement with him to come but Arsenal gazumped them with more money so the player didn’t move,” he said.
”The boot is probably now on the other foot, in that deal.
”Lemar has still told Liverpool he will go, if they can get a deal.
”But Liverpool now have to come to an agreement on price with Monaco and they are holding off on that because Monaco, intelligently enough, realise there are three of the top English clubs wanting the player and they can wait.
”They can do a deal now or they can wait and they are looking at least at £85m as a transfer fee, potentially more for a 22-year-old player with a few years of Champions League experience.”