Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his club do not expect to sell attacker Thomas Lemar this January, but he confessed that if an astronomical offer came their way, they would be in no position to decline it.
"What I will say is that Lemar takes a lot of advice from his dad, who he is very close to, and his dad has thought for the duration that he should stay at Monaco this year ahead of the World Cup".
It would appear, however, that Lemar is highly unlikely to make the move to Merseyside this month, according to French journalist Julien Laurens in a report in the Daily Express. Everything can change. The things I can say today are not true tomorrow.
"One is that Monaco are the boss in terms of selling players and when to sell the players and how to sell the players and at which price".
The 20-year-old Brazilian has impressed this season and has an excess of talent and a clearly bright future but is just clearly a step or two behind Lemar at this stage. "But the transfer window lasts until the end of the month and many things can happen".
"And, for Lemar, it's a risk to go to Liverpool right now in the way that, at Monaco, he would play every single game".
The Gunners tried to sign the France global last summer, only for the Ligue 1 club to opt to keep hold of the player.
"You know the problem with the transfer window", he said in a press conference when quizzed about Lemar's future at Monaco.