Reports in France claim Riyad Mahrez set for €55m Liverpool switch

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Leicester City boss Claude Puel confident after Riyad Mahrez talks

However, Sky sources understand there has been no contact between Liverpool and Mahrez's club Leicester City.

Mahrez was also linked with Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Reds may find it easier and cheaper to bring in Mahrez, rather than Lemar, but the Leicester star does not appear to be a priority at the moment.

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Reports in France today, however, suggest that Liverpool are instead interested in signing a familiar figure. While Ozil now seems closer to signing a new deal than not, Sanchez is believed to be a certainty to depart, either in January or the coming summer.

Fast, skilful and possessing deadly end product in the final third, Mahrez would add a lot to an already potent Liverpool attack. But, Arsenal now face stiff competition from Liverpool, who have taken the initial steps to secure the player's services this mont.

According to L'Equipe, the Reds had identified the former PFA Player of the Year as the ideal candidate to replace Coutinho.

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With fees of £140m and above being touted for the Brazil midfielder, the Reds are looking to reinvest the money and have asked about the Uruguay striker, who left Liverpool for Spain in 2014.

The story also says that Liverpool FC remain interested in signing Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar, as the speculation about Philippe Coutinho's future at Anfield continues. The report claims that Liverpool made contact with the Algerian on Friday to sound him out over a potential move to Anfield. It now remains to be seen if Mahrez joins either club this month, or if Leicester manage to hold onto him.

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