Liverpool are apparently closing in on the signing of Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir this month, according to a tweet from official Qatari source Alkass Channel yesterday afternoon.
ليفربول يقترب من التعاقد مع الفرنسي نبيل فقير لاعب أولمبيك ليون pic.twitter.com/lZKDI17CAE
— قناة الكأس (@alkasschannel) January 5, 2019
Liverpool previously had a £53m deal for Fekir collapse at the final hurdle back in the summer, with concerns over the durability of his right knee prevented the deal from completion.
However, per Alkaas, Liverpool are set to reignite their interest in the Frenchman with a move in January, especially considering Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is now willing to sell the star thanks to him currently not open to extending his deal.
Speculation was increased further on Friday with the news that Fekir had been left out of Lyon’s travelling squad for this weekend’s game, with many guessing this could be an indication that a move to Liverpool (or Chelsea) could be imminent.
If Fekir doesn’t move during this transfer window, a summer transfer is a certainty as Lyon are keen to get a fee for him and if he doesn’t move in the summer, he can leave for nothing in 2020 upon the expiry of his contract – it will be intriguing to see if Liverpool are still in the running.
Great with the ball at his feet, a dead ball specialist and a potency for scoring goals, it’s easy to understand why Klopp was so keen on obtaining Fekir’s signature in the summer and at a likely reduced fee, he could be worth the risk this time round.