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Liverpool edge ahead of Arsenal in race for Monaco winger Lemar

Liverpool are regarded ahead of Arsenal in the race for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

The Independent says Lemar alerted both Premier League clubs when he turned down a new deal with the Ligue 1 outfit on Wednesday.

Liverpool remain cash rich after the £142million sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona last month and they are expected to renew their interest in Lemar after seeing a £78m bid rejected last summer. Arsenal, meanwhile, agreed a £90m fee with Monaco only for the player to reject a deadline day deal.

The arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January means Arsenal are set to focus on other areas of their team this summer with a new centre back likely to be a top priority.

That is a further boost to Liverpool's chances when it comes to Lemar.

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