Liverpool are considering joining Arsenal in the race for Monaco star Thomas Lemar, according to reports.
Reds playmaker Philippe Coutinho is being lined up to replace Paris Saint-Germain-bound Neymar.
Anfield chiefs are reportedly resigned to losing their star player, but will recoup a fee of about £70million.
And they are now mulling over a move for 21-year-old Monaco winger Lemar, according to Le 10 Sport.
But Liverpool face competition from Arsenal for the Frenchman.
The Gunners’ third bid of £44million was rejected by the Ligue 1 champions.
It is believed Lemar favours a move to the Emirates to link up with compatriot Arsene Wenger.
Wenger is desperate to land the player as he looks to break his way back into the Champions League.
Monaco are reluctant to sell having already lost key men Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy.
But Liverpool could force their hand with a big enough bid should they lose Brazil star Coutinho, 25.
Coutinho will not come cheap having signed a new long-term contract in January keeping him at Anfield until 2022.
The Reds have made no formal enquiry to Monaco, nor have they spoken to Lemar’s representatives.
RB Leipzig star Naby Keita was Liverpool’s No1 target this summer but they have been told to look elsewhere by club chief Oliver Mintzlaff.
After rejecting three bids – the latest of which reaching almost £70m – Minztlaff said: “€75m (£66.9m) is not enough to buy Keita. He is World Class, he stays.
“RB Leipzig is looking forward to the next season together with Naby Keita.”
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