Arsenal and Liverpool Target Lemar Could Leave Monaco "Next Summer" Says VP

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Monaco prevented Thomas Lemar from fulfilling his wish to move to the Premier League despite "very, very high" offers from Liverpool and Arsenal. He's very important to our team.

January, in football, never say never, but this is not what we're thinking of, this is really not in our plans.

Jurgen Klopp's side emerged as a serious contender to sign Lemar late on, making two bids in the final week of the window with the club's medical team reportedly left on standby during that time to travel to Paris to carry out a medical if a deal was struck.

Manchester United have been given a big boost in their hopes of signing Monaco midfielder, Fabinho.

In an interview with Telegraph Sport, Vasilyev stated: "These offers came late, very late, in the market so once you can not replace a player they (the offers) become even more hard to accept".

"But we realise in Monaco we have a certain model, that at a certain moment when we feel it's right we have to let players go in order to be successful again". We are very happy that we managed to keep him.

"We plan and when it's the last days it's very hard".

'These offers came late, very late, in the market so once you can not replace a player they (the offers) become even more hard to accept'.

"This is not only about money; this is more about being successful". "You never want to make any major changes in January, except something really extraordinary".

Vasilyev revealed that Manchester United and Man City had shown "strong" interest in the Brazilian player.

He added: "This is just normal".

And admirers of Lemar in the Premier League will have taken note after the Monaco Vice-President also admitted that there was a "fair chance" he would be allowed to leave at the end of the season.

"He's a fantastic player but probably his salary is too much for us!" said Vasilyev.

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