One of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer has taken another turn in the latest set of reports.
Liverpool’s pursuit of Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir has dominated the headlines this summer. With £140m burning a hole in his pocket, Jurgen Klopp was eager to replace Philippe Coutinho and add some creativity to Liverpool’s midfield. The Lyon skipper was identified as the perfect man to replace the Brazilian.
Fekir was keen on the move, and a fee was agreed with Lyon. The French international had reportedly picked his squad number and conducted an interview with LFC TV before an issue with his medical scuppered the deal. Liverpool sought a second opinion on a long-term knee problem and eventually pulled the plug on the deal.
The 24-year-old is currently preparing for the World Cup final against Croatia on Sunday, and his future will be resolved when the tournament ends. According to the Mirror, Fekir has held meetings with Lyon president, Jean Michel Aulas, and reached an agreement to reopen talks with Liverpool once he returns to France.
Valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, Liverpool simply have no choice but to revive the deal. With Thomas Lemar joining Atletico Madrid, there are no alternatives that would give Klopp what he wants this summer. Fekir provides cover as the central striker, on the wing and can be moulded into a central midfielder – similar to Coutinho in his final season at Anfield.
23 goals and nine assists in all competitions last season speaks for itself. Liverpool need to restructure the deal and finally bring the superstar to Merseyside.
Liverpool fans, thoughts?