Monaco's Thomas Lemar - who was subject to serious interest from both Liverpool and Arsenal during the summer transfer window - has a 'fair chance' of leaving the Ligue 1 side next summer, a
Monaco vice-president on Lemar: "Liverpool were really interested. But it was Arsenal that was really close to finalising deal." #SSN— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) October 12, 2017
"Then we have to wait and see, how the team does, in different competitions, if we have an interest in him, and also his ambitions after the World Cup. January doesn't seem like the right time for major changes in the team.
"It was quite close. At the same time it was just too late, not enough time, to really follow up on this deal.
“Not all the elements of the puzzle fell in place. I'm very happy he stayed with us. For us, we need a player like Thomas Lemar. He's very important to our team.
The club's vice-president also laughed off any suggestions that Monaco would make a formal approach for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in January.