World Cup winner, Nabil Fekir, has his heart set on a move to Liverpool but prior to the tournament in Russia, it appeared that talks had broken down. Following issues with his medical, Lyon cut negotiations with Liverpool after a fee was agreed.
However, the Daily Mail now reports that the Frenchman has convinced his club to reopen talks with Liverpool over a potential £53million deal.
After already completing the signings of Fabinho Tavares, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, the Merseyside club appear to be close to their fourth addition of the summer.
Nabil Fekir, who currently captains Lyon is reportedly desperate for his move to Liverpool but the club’s owner Jean-Michel Aulas is a tough negotiator and will be difficult for Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards to please.
The 24-year-old Lyon skipper met twice with his club owner during the course of the World Cup campaign to discuss the possibility of reviving the deal and appears that Aulas has given in and is prepared to negotiate again with Liverpool.
The Reds will be keen on getting the move done swiftly as Klopp likes to have time to work with his players over the summer before the season starts.
Fortunately for Klopp, most of the deal was all in place and even got to the point of a fee being agreed subject to a medical. Liverpool reportedly had problems with his medical regarding previous surgery on an ACL injury that meant Liverpool wanted to get a better deal. This frustrated Lyon and negotiations were shut down but the terms are likely to be similar if the deal is to go through this time around.
£53 million is the fee that will be paid out over the course of a five-year contract that has Fekir earning around £120,000 per week. After losing Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal for a similar fee last season, Lyon may be hesitant to let their current star go but Fekir appears desperate to get the move over the line.
Liverpool fans, what are your thoughts on the transfer? Should a goalkeeper and centre-back be higher priorities or are you happy to keep bringing in quality additions anywhere in the team? The Lyon star could be one of Liverpool’s most expensive signings ever but may turn out to be worth it. Let us know your thoughts by tweeting @AllOutFootball_ using #AOF.