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Liverpool table club-record bid for Arsenal target Lemar

The Reds, fresh from beating Arsenal 4-0, are looking to complete the humiliation by capturing the longtime Gunners target for £70 million.

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It is barely five days ago that Arsene Wenger declared Arsenal’s pursuit of highly-rated winger Thomas Lemar “dead”.

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The Gunners boss was speaking about his club’s transfer plans for the rest of the transfer window, which is set to slam shut on Aug. 31.

Arsenal have already seen multiple bids rejected by Lemar’s club Monaco this summer, the most recent of which is believed to have been £40m.

The Frenchman’s reasoning was that the Ligue 1 champs, having already seen their title-winning squad depleted by the departures of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, were quite simply unwilling to sell any more players.

Wenger: Lemar deal dead! | Arsenal | EPL 24/08/17

“It’s dead because Monaco I think has closed the door definitely,” the 67-year-old offered.

“They’re still on cases like Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho. They have already lost Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

“Monaco is at a stage where they’ve closed the door. We have the numbers and quality to deal with that.”

Wenger’s deduction was quite plausible on multiple fronts. First, Monaco, having sold the aforementioned talents for significant fees, were not in a position of need financially.

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Secondly, it would be detrimental to lose more players, particularly those of Lemar’s quality, while still seeking to defend their Ligue 1 crown against PSG, who have added Neymar to an already formidable lineup this summer.

That’s why the Frenchman, probably still reeling from Arsenal’s 4-0 battering at the hands of Liverpool, will probably be baffled to learn that Monaco are seriously considering the Reds‘ bid for Lemar.

Melissa Reddy, Goal’s Liverpool correspondent, reports that the Anfield club are even willing to sweeten the pot by allowing Divock Origi to move in the opposite direction.

Arsenal of course made no such arrangement, and their best bid of £40m pales in comparison to Liverpool’s reported offer of £70m.

Wenger will therefore be hoping that Jurgen Klopp’s side fail in their approach for Lemar, and not only because Liverpool would become even stronger than on Sunday when they handed out that 4-0 thrashing.

On top of the gloom that surrounds Arsenal’s dismal start to the season, it would be a damning indictment of the Gunners’ transfer policy if the 21-year-old were to turn out for another team in England despite their manager’s assertion.

And while beleaguered Wenger has grown a thick skin over the years, the sparks that would fly off from such a situation would be really hard to cope with.