Liverpool handed major boost in Thomas Lemar pursuit

Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the French League Cup football match between Nice and Monaco at The 'Allianz Riviera'...

Liverpool are reportedly monitoring the progress of Thomas Lemar.

Monacos French midfielder Thomas Lemar (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Saint-Etienne (ASSE) and Monaco (ASM) on December 15, 2017, at the...

According to French publication L'Equipe, Thomas Lemar has refused to sign a new contract with Monaco - news that will be greeted with much optimism on Merseyside.

According to Yahoo Sport, Liverpool have an agreement in place with Lemar himself, but refuse to match Monaco's €100 million (£88.7 million) valuation.

The 22-year-old's contract with Monaco is due to expire in 2020, and according to L'Equipe, he only earns £22,000 per week.

Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar heads the ball during a training session at the Grand Stade in Tangiers on July 28, 2017 on the eve of the French Trophy of Champions (Trophee des...

The French club might just be forced to sell Lemar, if he fails to commit to a new deal, rather than allow his contract to run on into the last two years.

Liverpool would surely then be able to sign the France international for less than his £88.7 million release clause.

Is Lemar good enough to replace Philippe Coutinho?

The 22-year-old is an elite performer already, despite his tender years.

In his last 78 appearances for Monaco he has scored 17 goals and chalked up 22 assists, but it is his overall influence on the manner in which his team play that is the most impressive part of his game.

Thomas Lemar of Monaco  during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between AS Monaco v Juventus at Stade Louis II on May 3, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.

He has the wonderful ability to glide past defenders with the ball seemingly stuck to his feet, much like the recently departed Coutinho, and he would certainly add an added level of potency to Liverpool's attacking play.

Liverpool are heavily armed with cash, and they should not hesitate to test the Ligue 1 outfit's resolve by making a move for the talented playmaker in the summer, because even for £88.7 million, it could turn out to be money well spent.

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