Manchester United have been linked with making a Deadline Day move which would see them rival Liverpool for Thomas Lemar.
Lemar is one of Europe’s hottest properties this summer and has also been linked to both Arsenal and Barcelona over the pasts few months.
Those two sides have pulled out the race to sign the French youngster, which left Liverpool in pole position.
However, Duncan Castles, who has close links to Jose Mourinho has claimed that United could still make a late move to sign the midfielder. Talking to the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles said:
“Monaco’s asking price when Manchester United and Arsenal were interested in the player was €60m (£55m).
“That interest remains from Manchester United, but now they’ve got Liverpool on the hook and making offers the price is gonna go up beyond that level in a classic Monaco ‘you want one of our players we are gonna squeeze the maximum amount of money out of you.’
“Which they’ve done better than any other team in the history of football this summer.”
Liverpool have had two bids turned down for Lemar, and have been linked with returning with a club record €80m offer for the player.
Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol has reported that despite Monaco’s resistance to the sale, they would be willing to do business if they received an offer of €100m.
Monaco say Liverpool target Thomas Lemar not for sale.
Every player has his price.
Told Monaco would find it hard to turn down €100m (£92m)
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 30, 2017
Lemar scored 14 goals and made 17 assists in 55 appearances last season, as Monaco won the French Ligue 1 title, and reached the Champions League semi-finals.