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homas Lemar agreed to sign for Liverpool in the summer but Arsenal’s interest forced the Monaco star to reject a move to Anfield, according to journalist Duncan Castles.

Liverpool are keen to sign Lemar from Monaco with the France international being earmarked as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona last weekend, leaving Jurgen Klopp’s side with a hole in their attack going into the second half of the season.

As well as Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are also interested in Lemar and all three teams would love to bring him to the Premier League.

And journalist Castles, speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, has claimed Liverpool had an agreement with the wing wizard but Arsenal’s financial offer made him reconsider.

When discussing Arsenal, he said: “A guy they are looking at to replace Sanchez is Thomas Lemar – he’s the one they agreed a fee with Monaco for in the summer window.

”Lemar, also wanted by Manchester United and on Jose Mourinho’s recruitment list for a winger – probably too expensive for them – and Liverpool (who) 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.

”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.”

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