Monaco’s Vice President Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that star winger Thomas Lemar who came so close to leaving the club in the summer window is unlikely to be sold in January.
Liverpool showed strong interest in the player towards the end of the summer and though Arsenal offered £90m for the 21-year-old, he was only interested in joining the Reds apparently.
Barcelona were also rumoured to have made an approach for the France international but after already selling a number of stars in the window, letting Lemar leave so late without bringing in an able replacement could have proved to be a disastrous move for the Rouges et Blancs.
“January, in football, never say never, but this is not what we’re thinking of, this is really not in our plans,” Vasilyev told Sky Sports.
“Then we have to wait and see, how the team does, in different competitions, if we have an interest in him, and also his ambitions after the World Cup. January doesn’t seem like the right time for major changes in the team.”
The 52-year-old, though, admitted that the club will be open to a sale after the World Cup next year. “Definitely next summer will be something to look at,” he added.
Liverpool looked reluctant to match Arsenal’s offer for the former Caen youngster on the deadline day but this could change next year depending mostly on Philippe Coutinho’s situation.
Rumours are that Barcelona will return with another offer for the Brazilian in the winter, but Liverpool are expected to keep hold of the playmaker at least until the end of the season.