Transfer News: Liverpool Sets Up Paris Base For Last-Minute £74 Million Signing

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong, July 22. Stanley Chou/Getty

Liverpool has set up a base in Paris where it can complete a medical and carry out further negotiations for Thomas Lemar should its £74 million bid for the midfielder be accepted, according to reports.

Lemar, the A.S. Monaco midfielder, has been a target for Jurgen Klopp's team in the final weeks of the window, as Liverpool completes a late spree of spending.

The club has signed Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, but he won't join until next year, it looks set to announce the arrival of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal, and is now preparing for a potential deal for Lemar.

Liverpool is persisting in its pursuit of the French midfielder and is willing to offer £74 million (about $95 million,) according to The Independent.

But the club is so prepared for the deal to go ahead that a team is on standby to travel to Paris and carry out the medical today, the Liverpool Echo says.

Lemar was a target for Arsenal earlier in the transfer window, but the Gunners gave up on the deal because Monaco was unwilling to sell him this summer.

This was due to the fact that the majority of Monaco's team has been sold, including Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Kylian Mbappe looks likely to leave.

But Liverpool hasn't given up yet. It has been a successful transfer window for Klopp as he looks set to hold onto Philippe Coutinho, who was wanted by Barcelona, and strengthen his team hugely.

The only downside will be if he misses out on strengthening his defense, having chased the signing of Southampton center back Virgil van Dijk throughout the summer.