Deschamps discusses Mbappe; gives Liverpool Lemar hope

Date published: Monday 28th August 2017 10:35

Didier Deschamps will not block his France players from conducting medicals at their international camp in Clairefontaine.

Deschamps has named his France squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying fixtures against the Netherlands and Luxembourg, with a number of his players the subject of transfer speculation.

Kylian Mbappe is one such player, with the Monaco forward edging closer towards a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Stevan Jovetic was pictured wearing a number 10 shirt on Monday, as the Inter Milan striker is expected to replace Mbappe, who is headed to PSG on loan.

That move will become permanent next year, but Deschamps had previously stated that none of his players will be permitted to conduct transfers during the international camp.

The France boss has since clarified that statement, adding that players are able to undergo medicals, provided they stay in the area.

This will provide a boost to Liverpool, who are chasing Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

The Reds have made a bid of around £70million for the 21-year-old, but were rushing to complete the deal before the France squad linked up on Monday.

Deschamps’ revelation gives them up until deadline day on Thursday to complete a deal, with Naby Keita already through the door.

Discussing Mbappe directly, Deschamps said: “He’s changing club but staying in Ligue 1. The future will say if he’s made a good decision.

“At this moment, Kylian is still a Monaco player. That is the truth. Not a spin, the truth.

“A medical this afternoon? Untrue!”

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