Thomas Lemar turned down a potential move to Arsenal because of his desire to join Liverpool, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
Lemar was one of the most coveted players throughout Europe heading into Thursday’s deadline day, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona all considering moves for the winger.
Monaco were adamant for most of the summer that they did not wish to lose yet another first-team player, but the Ligue Un side accepted a £90million offer from Arsenal in the afternoon.
Shortly after, the Gunners pulled out of the deal as they felt it was too late to conclude it, although other reports claim Lemar rejected them.
French newspaper L’Equipe believe they know why, as they report that Liverpool’s interest swayed Lemar’s thinking.
The Reds considered making a late move for the winger, but eventually decided against it after signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.
But L’Equipe say that Lemar ‘only has eyes for Liverpool’, and that the Reds could make a move in future transfer windows.