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Thomas Lemar transfer saga ready to start all over again

Thomas Lemar transfer saga ready to start all over again

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has ruled out the possibility of selling Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar in the January transfer window.

The Mirror report that the Frenchman will remain with the Ligue 1 side until at least the end of the season.

United meanwhile are mainly in the market for a winger due to Jose Mourinho's sudden distrust and dislike of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who hit a run of bad form earlier this season. With many going to Monaco as a source of fresh young players, Thomas Lemar was the one to stay.

The Spanish giants had cooled their interest in the Brazilian playmaker but with Atletico Madrid reporting them to Federation Internationale de Football Association over their recent contact with Antoine Griezmann it's claimed that Barca will come back for Coutinho in January in the expectation Liverpool will sell the South American for an offer of around £120m.

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He told French sports daily L'Equipe: "Departures of important players are not on our agenda".

The Gunners launched a £90m ($120m) bid to try and sign 22-year-old Lemar on the final day of the summer transfer window as they looked to bring in a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who was then on the brink of joining Manchester City.

They reckon Mourinho has a four-man shortlist of attackers in the January transfer window. The news will come as a shock to Arsenal and Liverpool supporters.