Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol has claimed that long term Arsenal target Thomas Lemar would prefer a move to ​Premier League rivals Liverpool. 

The French international and Monaco winger has been a long term target for both clubs. Last summer Arsenal had a £92m bid for Lemar turned down on transfer deadline day; the Frenchman was considered the replacement for Alexis Sanchez at the Gunners who still looks exit-bound at the club. 

But despite making that big offer for Lemar last summer, Kaveh Solhekol claims ​Arsenal would not be the club of choice for the player himself. Speaking on the Transfer Talk podcast on Sky Sports, Solhekol believes Lemar would prefer to play for ​Liverpool

He said (via the ​Sport Review), "If it was left to Lemar, he’d probably prefer to go to Liverpool if he had a choice between Arsenal or Liverpool."


Lemar could be a suitable replacement for Philippe Coutinho, whose own transfer saga with ​Barcelona rages on. Liverpool may have to battle with Arsenal if they aim to sign the Monaco winger in January as ​reports claim that Arsenal have renewed their interest in Lemar. 

The 22-year-old has continued to impress in France this season. Lemar has four goals and four assists for Monaco this campaign, despite missing over a month of action with injuries.

Meanwhile Liverpool have already spent big this transfer window after splashing out £75m to finally land long term target Virgil van Dijk from ​Southampton. If the Reds are looking to spend big again on Lemar, it could suggest that they will also be selling some players in the January window; Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are two names linked with a exit from the Reds.