Liverpool have pulled out of the race for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, according to the Liverpool Echo.
A very reliable journalist James Pearce (who has sources close to the Reds), reports that the Merseyside club have switched their attentions to other targets after being put off by the Frenchman’s £90m asking price.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be tracking Lemar with the Evening Standard reporting in early January that the Blues were looking to sign him in the January transfer window.
Monaco were however adamant that the 22 year old would not be leaving mid way through the season, but a transfer in the summer is a different matter entirely.
Lemar was in excellent form last season with 14 goals and 17 assists, although his performances have dipped this season with injuries causing him to miss 13 matches.
Whether the Frenchman will remain a target for Chelsea in the summer, it remains to be seen. The £90m price tag would mean the club would have to break their transfer record to get him, and his displays this campaign certainly wouldn’t merit that kind of outlay.