Liverpool are reported to be plotting a deal for French midfielder Nabil Fekir. The 24-year-old Lyon player, who is set to take part in the upcoming World Cup finals in Russia, is understood to be Liverpool’s main transfer target, and could cost the Reds up to £54 million.
Just 12 months ago, Nabil Fekir was a name that many Premier League fans would not have been aware of. The dynamic midfielder has been a regular starter at domestic club Lyon for a number of seasons now, with everyone from Didier Deschamps to Zindine Zidane singling him out as a player with great potential. In the 2017/18 season however, Fekir significantly upped his game, scoring 23 goals in 39 appearances for Lyon, and helping the club secure a third placed finish in Ligue 1.
Unsurprisingly, a number of top clubs are currently interested in obtaining the talented 24-year-old, and Liverpool have emerged as the most likely suitors.
Liverpool are reported to be planning a £48.4 million move for the Frenchman, with a potential £5m in add-ons. Fekir is understood to have undergone a medical in Paris last week, suggesting a breakthrough in negotiations between the two clubs.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has suggested that the deal will not be finalised until after the World Cup however, claiming that the deal had reached a standstill.
“Nothing has happened,” Aulas told Lyon’s official website on Thursday.
“The whole thing will certainly not be completed during the World Cup, and I don’t think anything will change before it.
“We haven’t set a starting price because we haven’t discussed that yet.”
Fekir’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes issued a similar statement, admitting that while Liverpool are interested, an official agreement is yet to be made.
“Talks with Liverpool will only happen when there is an agreement with Lyon and Jean-Michel Aulas gives the green light,” said Bernes.
“Liverpool’s interest exists, but for now nothing is done. The transfer window is long. Other clubs could show interest.”
Liverpool have already captured the signatures of two players this summer, singing midfielder Fabinho from Monaco for £43.7m, and Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.