Barcelona to hijack Liverpool’s move for Lemar

LIVERPOOL have pulled out of the race for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and are focussing on completing the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Gunners boss was speaking about his club’s transfer plans for the rest of the transfer window, which is set to slam shut on August 31.

The Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds’ bid of around £65 million (S$113m) was rejected by the French champions, who are hoping to stop an exodus. He is a young forward who already has over 100 appearances in Serie A and also has experience of European competition.

Origi is surplus to requirements at Liverpool and therefore has been offered as a makeweight in the deal.

Staying in London, and Premier League rivals Tottenham and West Ham are going head-to-head to sign Portugal midfielder ANDRE GOMES on a season-long loan from Barcelona, according to the Telegraph.

The Reds have agreed a club-record £48m deal with RB Leipzig, which will see Keita move to Anfield for the start of the 2018/19 season.

Henderson, when asked about Liverpool’s thrashing of the Gunners, insisted that criticism of Arsenal’s display should be balanced by praise of Liverpool’s performance.

And despite Liverpool breaking their transfer record, they got a bit of a discount from Leipzig for waiting. The Sweden global scored eight times and registered 19 assists as the unfashionable east German side secured their place in their maiden Champions League campaign this term, attracting the interest of a number of Premier League sides in the process.

FC Barcelona reportedly want to bring in one more big name, and have now identified three alternatives to Philippe Coutinho in the event that he does not make the switch to Spain.

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