Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have been dealt with a huge blow in the signing of Thomas Lemar during the summer transfer window.

Thomas Lemar went very close to joining Arsenal during the summer transfer window but Monaco eventually shut the move down and Lemar had to stay back in France. But now with the winter window opening, Chelsea and Liverpool have joined the Gunners in the race for the French International.

But the Premier League clubs have suffered a setback in the hopes of landing the winger after Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim said that the player will not be allowed to leave in January.

“Monaco are not in the habit of making big sales in the winter. It’s our strategy. The players understand and they know how it goes here,” Jardim told the press.

Monaco currently sit second on the Ligue 1 table – nine points behind leaders PSG and if Jardim’s team wants to push PSG to the very edge then he will have to retain Lemar. Monaco have sold a whole lot of players during the summer transfer window and in all fairness, Thomas Lemar and Fabinho are the only two impactful attacking players left in the squad.

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Read: Wenger confirms that his star player is not leaving in January.