Manchester United’s last shopping trip to Monaco was an outrageously pricey one, but the talent they received in exchange for their exorbitant outlay looks as though it’ll one day justify the sum.
Anthony Martial is the player in question, who became the world’s most expensive teenager when the Red Devils bought him off Les Rouges et Blancs last summer for a fee that could rise as high as £56m according to reports.
Despite how much damage it does to the bank account, Liverpool are allegedly interested in swiping another prodigy from the Monaco production line, or so say L’Equipe.
The Reds have taken a shine to midfield action man Thomas Lemar, who is just a few weeks older than former teammate Martial.
Lemar has established himself as a first-team regular at the Stade Louis II this term, failing to start just six matches since the turn of the year.
In 19 Ligue 1 starts across the campaign, the 20-year-old has honed his goalscoring skills to compliment stellar creative powers.
He has found the net five times in the league and assisted a further three while maintaining a pass accuracy rate of 82.6%.
Central midfield is an area Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to strengthen if the mountain of transfer rumours surrounding the club tells us anything.
Talented schemer Marko Grujic has already signed for next season. The Serb’s passing prowess in the deeper areas of the field would perfectly compliment an advanced midfielder like Lemar, who is equally happy making late runs into the area without the ball or charging into it when he has got it.
Not to shirk his defensive responsibilities, the Frenchman is often spotted hunting possession in his own half and an average of 1.5 tackles per match shows he isn’t afraid to do his team’s dirty work.
Also boasting a powerful shot from range, the Monaco star is a big a threat from set-pieces as he is in open play.
Proficient at both ends of the pitch, Lemar bears the closest semblance to Steven Gerrard of any midfielder Liverpool have been linked with since their skipper departed last summer and even a Martial-sized transfer fee would be worth paying to get him.