Arsenal emerge favourite to sign £80m-rated star wanted by Liverpool to replace Coutinho

Arsene Wenger appears to have been put in dilemma in his pursuit of Monaco star Thomas Lemar following reports that Liverpool have also entered the race to sign the talented youngster.

Lemar has been Wenger’s prime target as the French boss is keen to add the 21-year-old to his team but has seen three offers from his club being rejected by the French champions, including the £45 million offer made last month.

With Liverpool now also in the picture, Arsenal are faced with the possibility of missing out on him, though the London club are maintaining that they remain in pole position to sign Lemar.

Monaco are holding out for £80 million transfer fee and  Wenger fears Liverpool entrance could propel the French giants not to reduce their asking price below £60 million, coupled with the fact that the Red Devils may use the presence of Champions League football to lure him to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp wants Lemar at the club with the uncertainty surrounding the future of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian is continuously being linked with a move to Barcelona who also want him because they face the possibility of losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

Lemar played a key role in Monaco’s winning of the French Ligue 1, scoring 12 goals across all competitions. They have already lost Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva to Chelsea and Manchester City respectively and are not willing to let Lemar leave the club, though they are aware of his desire to move to the Premier League.

It is left to be seen if Monaco will sell the forward.