Liverpool's negotiations regarding the attempted purchase of Monaco's winger Thomas Lemar before deadline day are expected to go down to the wire.
In an article by Goal, the French club are still said to be adamant in their stance of not selling the speedster, but the Reds continue a brazen attempt to change their mind, which could last until late Thursday night.
The potential deal is reported to be worth £70m, inclusive of add-ons. However, the young striker Divock Origi could sweeten such a deal, should his services be offered to Monaco to help ease the pain of Lemar's departure, as had been previously suggested.
Lemar is eager to line up under Jurgen Klopp, who believes the multi-faceted playmaker will enhance his already explosive attacking unit.
The Ligue 1 champions are aware of the 21-year-old’s wish, but are reluctant to let him depart having already ceded the majority of their core talent this summer, with Kylian Mbappe close to finalising a headline switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
They have maintained Lemar is not availble to purchase, but Liverpool will be persistent and are prepared to further up their proposal, with discussions set to go “down to the wire” as they continue an ambitious, assertive drive to fortify their squad.
The Reds have already twice broken their club record in the window — first with the initial £36.9m signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma, which was then followed by the advance acquisition of RB Leipzig's Naby Keita for next season worth in excess of £50m.
It would not be a surprise if the record was broken again.