Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has claimed he would prefer to sell Thomas Lemar to Liverpool ahead of Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp's side had a £75 million offer for the France international rejected by the Ligue 1 club last summer.

Arsenal were also keen on Lemar as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who was on the brink of joining Manchester City, but Arsene Wenger’s side were unable to agree a fee for the 22-year-old.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal are expected to launch new offers for Lemar at the end of the season, and Monaco have hinted that they would be open to selling the midfielder.

Speaking to Telefoot, Vasilyev was asked about Lemar’s future and warned interested clubs: "Good luck to those who want him."

Vasilyev was then pressed on a transfer fee which Monaco would accept for Lemar but the Monaco vice-president replied that the midfielder would ‘cost a lot’.

Telefoot also had a quickfire 'do you prefer' session with Vasilyev in which he was given a question and two options to choose from. When asked if if would prefer to sell Lemar to Liverpool or Arsenal, Vasilyev replied 'Liverpool'.

Lemar, meanwhile, has admitted that he was unhappy’ that his move to either Arsenal or Liverpool did not happen last summer.

"I'm not going to hide it, I was a little disappointed. I try not to think about it," he said last month. "I've kept working so that these clubs come back during the next transfer window."

Source: Metro

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