Chelsea weigh up January bid for £80-rated Monaco star Thomas Lemar

Chelsea weigh up January bid for £80-rated Monaco star Thomas Lemar”

That January replacement is the same name as it was on deadline day in the summer: Monaco's Thomas Lemar.

Antonio Conte missed out on a number of his top targets last summer, including Romelu Lukaku, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Sandro.

While PSG appear to have run away with the Ligue 1 title this season, the race for second place is fierce. Monaco now sit third in Ligue 1, 9 points off the pace set by Paris Saint-Germain, and level on points with Lyon and Marseille.

Monaco can now focus all their energies on their domestic battles having finished rock bottom of their Champions League group after a dismal showing in Europe.

It is hard to see where Lemar would fit into Klopp's immediate plans, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in fine form on the flanks and Coutinho a mainstay in the playmaking role.

That's hardly incredible form from the 22-year-old Les Bleus global.

According to L'Equipe's Damien Degorre (h/t Stuart Ballard of the Express), the Gunners and the Reds will reignite their pursuit of the Monaco winger next month amid the uncertain futures of stars such as Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Philippe Coutinho.

If Liverpool are indeed pursuing him, it will be interesting to see what Lemar would cost in this market. And if Liverpool want to sign someone, shouldn't they be going for a defender?

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