Nabil Fekir is set to meet with Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas in the upcoming days to discuss his future at the club and with Fekir currently unwilling to commit his future to the Ligue 1 outfit, the door is open for Liverpool to re-enter negotiations for the Frenchman, according to a report from Le Progres today.
Fekir’s deal is set to expire in June 2020 and with Aulas known to be a notoriously difficult negotiator, he wants to try and maximise any potential fee for Fekir if he wants to leave by allowing him to exit in January and avoid selling him for a reduced price in the summer.
It has been mooted that Aulas could promise Fekir his dream move away, as long as he signs a new deal so Lyon could receive a fair price for the 25-year-old, who is valued at around £58.5m.
Aulas still wants his future to be sorted by the end of the month and if his market value continues to crash, Liverpool could easily swoop back into the race for the World Cup winner.
Fekir was Klopp’s first-choice target in the summer to fill the void left by Phillipe Coutinho’s departure and a £53m deal was agreed with Lyon. Fekir went on to agree personal terms and a deal was so far advanced that leaked images revealed the 25-year-old had even completed a interview with the club’s official channel discussing his move to Anfield.
However, Klopp eventually decided to pull out of the deal at the least second, with it being cited that concerns over the durability of his right knee as the issue, with previous injuries meaning Klopp was unwilling to take a gamble on the star and Fekir ended up staying put in France.
A creative midfielder, dead ball specialist and a potency in front of goal, Fekir remains many Liverpool fan’s ideal signing; with Fekir’s determination to come to Anfield, you’d think that the club would be keen to move again if he’s available at a bargain price, despite the reservations.