Champions Chelsea are looking for reinforcements in the January transfer, and according to Matt Law from The Telegraph, they are plotting a £80 million move for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.
The Frenchman was instrumental in Monaco’s title-winning campaign and run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, scoring 14 times and recording 17 assists in a wonderful individual season.
Like the bulk of Monaco’s big guns, he attracted serious interest over the summer but despite being heavily courted by Arsenal and Liverpool, stayed put with the Principality side, who have struggled this term and were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage.
It would appear to be a given that Lemar won’t be sticking around for the long term, and though Monaco would prefer to sell him in the summer, they may well have to let him leave mid-season.
Arsenal and Liverpool maintain an interest in the 22-year old, but Chelsea have entered the race, as per L’Equipe.
— ChelsTransfer (@ChelsTransfer) 12 December 2017
If there's any justice in the world, Chelsea will sign Lemar in January
— Anthony Bragg (@Bragg1987) 12 December 2017
Lemar is valued at £80 million, meaning Chelsea would have to pay a club-record fee to land him – but it’s said that they have an advantage over the two aforementioned Premier League sides as they can offer players, whether on loan or permanent, as part of a deal to sign him.
What’s more, former Chelsea technical director Michael Emanolo is now running things at Monaco – which could smoothen negotiations if the Blues press ahead with a move.
Chelsea signed one of Monaco’s key men in the summer, in Tiemoue Bakayoko but his time in West London has been a mixed bag so far.
Lemar has the ability to play in multiple positions and would be an excellent addition to an underperforming Chelsea side.