Liverpool have joined English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the battle to sign the highly-rated Monaco forward Thomas Lemar.
The 21-year-old prodigious talent has been coveted by a number of top European sides since his breakthrough season with the Ligue 1 Champions, such as Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Spurs were believed to be the frontrunners in the quest to sign the wonderkid, however, it has now emerged, via 101greatgoals.com, that Lemar has now attracted the attentions of top sides Juventus or Liverpool.
French football TV programme Téléfoot's official Twitter account reported the news, which will come as a blow to Spurs fans who had believed the move to north London was close to completion.
Liverpool seem determined to press on with their goal of signing attacking prospects this summer, as they attempt to push through a drawn-out deal for Roma's Mohamed Salah. Arsenal's Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is also believed to be on Reds' manager Jürgen Klopp's radar, which points to a desire to strengthen the side with pace on the wings.
A bidding frenzy is set to take place for the Guadeloupe-born star, who has five French senior caps to his name already. Lemar played a pivotal role in Monaco's barnstorming Ligue 1 title victory last season, which saw them upstage favourites PSG, despite operating with far fewer resources than the wealthy Parisian side.
Lemar netted nine goals and contributed 10 assists in 28 league appearances for Monaco last season, and was generally utilised as a left-winger. A superb dribbler with the added bonus of being capable of producing spectacular set-pieces, the 5ft 7 dynamo would be an ideal signing for an top-level side in Europe.
Thomas Lemar is the 1st player to register assists in four consecutive Champions' League knockout games since Andres Iniesta in 2011. (Opta)— Get French Football (@GFFN) 19 April 2017
As the youngster is contractually tied to Les Monégasques until 2020, it is likely that he will command a large transfer fee. The player's popularity is also likely to increase his value, which could price a number of potential suitors out of the market.
Liverpool are now likely to go head-to-head with Spurs and Juventus to sign the player, with Arsenal also believed to be interested.
Liverpool will look to improve upon the season of mixed fortunes they endured in 2016-2017, in which they failed to maintain what was initially an enterprising title challenge after a poor mid-season run of form.
Crucially however, the Merseyside giants will return to the Champions League next season; after pipping Arsenal to the fourth-place spot.