Liverpool have made a third bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar – and are willing to allow Divock Origi to join the Ligue 1 side in exchange.
According to French outlet L’Équipe, the Reds have made an €80m bid for the 21-year-old, with €50m being paid up front before an additional payment of €30m to be made the following summer.
In addition to cash, Liverpool hope they can use Monaco’s interest in forward Origi to their advantage by allowing the Belgian international to spend a year at the Stade Louis II on loan.
Having already had two offers for the player rejected, Liverpool are now waiting to hear back from Monaco, who have already lost a number of key players this summer in Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Valere Germain.
Monaco are also set to lose Kylian Mbappe who looks set to join Paris Saint-Germain, leaving Origi as a potential replacement for the 18-year-old in attack. Origi has seemingly fallen behind Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke in the Reds’ pecking order and has been left out altogether in their last two matchday squads.
Lemar would compete alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for a place in the Liverpool team in the wide areas, with this deal looking as if it will allow Philippe Coutinho to complete his transfer to Barcelona.
The French international is a versatile, pacy forward and his style should suit that of the Liverpool team, having scored 14 goals as well as providing 17 assists for the Ligue 1 champions last term.
It could be a particularly busy couple of days at Melwood, with Jurgen Klopp still keen on bringing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to Anfield despite the club’s previous statement in June which appeared to end their interest in the player.
van Dijk has been the subject of interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City over the summer, but the Dutchman has his heart set on playing under Klopp and would prefer a move to Merseyside over other interested sides.
Liverpool have already made four new signings this summer in Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and, most recently, Naby Keita from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.
Keita completed a medical at Melwood on Monday and will officially join Liverpool on July 1 2018 for a club record fee of £48m.