Thomas Lemar 'very happy' at Monaco despite Arsenal's late move

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As a result, contract Alexis Sanchez is likely to stay put at the Emirates with Manchester City unlikely to increase on their previous offer of £55m plus add-ons to tempt the Gunners.

Sources on Thursday said the Gunners had accepted an offer of £55 million plus a further £5m in add-ons for Sanchez, but the deal was dependent on Arsenal finding a replacement.

An agreement for Lemar would represent the second time Liverpool have broken their transfer record this week.

"No games now so I hope you can enjoy the next five or six days with all the rumours and all that stuff".

The Reds considered making a late move for the winger, but eventually decided against it after signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.

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The 21-year-old, who reports suggest would prefer a move to Liverpool, is now discussing personal terms with the North London club.

The Belgian worldwide Origi has managed 12 Premier League goals from two full seasons with the Merseyside club and they are said to be willing to let him go.

Monaco subsequently fielded interest in several players on the back of that campaign, with Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Kylian Mbappe all departing.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who was in Paris on Thursday, described any deal for Lemar as "dead" last week because he believed Monaco had sold too many players.