Liverpool set to miss out £135,000-a-week French target

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Regardless of being linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in the past 12 months, Thomas Lemar may instead sign for Manchester City, according to the Telegraph.

The report claims that Pep Guardiola remains keen to add to his attacking alternatives, having failed to land Riyad Mahrez and Alexis Sanchez in January, and has his eye on the Monaco star.

Thomas is expected to leave the French club champions this summer, and with two years left on his contract and it is unclear whether The Citizens will match Arsenal’s bid last summer (Arsenal offered £90 million for Lemar on deadline day last summer).

The Reds are reportedly working on an agreement in principle for the France international, but Manchester City have the resources to blow any bid out of the water.

If The Citizens will sign the 22-year-old winger, he won’t be the first player who left French side for English club as they brought in France international Benjamin Mendy and Portuguese Bernardo Silva.

Liverpool have yet to replace Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona in January for £142m.

Chelsea have also reportedly kept the Monaco star as a possible successor to Eden Hazard, who continues to caught attention from Real Madrid.