Manchester United have cooled their interest in Monaco star Thomas Lemar after Jose Mourinho‘s board resisted at the Frenchman’s £90million fee tag.
The Red Devils paid £145million last summer on Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof but Mourinho disliked his club’s unwillingness to match Inter Milan’s £50m claiming price for Ivan Perisic.
United have sorely missed a productive flank man this season and Mourinho wants to improve that in the next two transfer windows.
Lemar, 22, is being wanted by Liverpool and Arsenal but Mourinho believes he could present United with an opportunity in attacking midfield and on either wing.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim admitted today that Lemar could leave the team because of the ‘crazy’ prices in today’s market and the Ligue 1 champions are believed to consider the Frenchman at about £90m.
However, United are reluctant to break the British transfer record for Lemar and have told Mourinho to focus on other targets, as per the Daily Record.
Mourinho made his opinions known about the club’s failed race of Perisic last summer and his remarks on Manchester City’s higher spending resonated with the club’s hierarchy last month.
United see more price in Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and the staff have submitted a £25m bid for the Chilean.
However, Sanchez prefers a move to Manchester City where he would link-up with former boss Pep Guardiola.