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Monaco VP tells Arsenal, Liverpool they'll have to wait till summer for Lemar

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says Thomas Lemar is a 'fair chance' to leave the club in the summer, but they will most likely reject offers made in January.

Vasilyev also confirmed Liverpool's interest and that Arsenal's failed attempt at signing Lemar this past summer came right down to the wire.

"Liverpool were really interested," Vasilyev told Sky Sports. "But it was Arsenal that was really close to finalising the deal.

"It was quite close. At the same time it was just too late, not enough time, to really follow up on this deal. Not all the elements of the puzzle fell in place. I'm very happy he stayed with us. For us, we need a player like Thomas Lemar. He's very important to our team.

"Definitely next summer will be something to look at, although you know in football there are no guarantees. We had some players who were supposed to leave this summer but didn't leave because of X, Y, Z. I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to an exit next year.

"January, in football, never say never, but this is not what we're thinking of, this is really not in our plans.

"Then we have to wait and see, how the team does, in different competitions, if we have an interest in him, and also his ambitions after the World Cup. January doesn't seem like the right time for major changes in the team."

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