Liverpool are set to complete a deal for Nabil Fekir within the next 24 hours.
They are cautiously optimistic of getting the transfer done and dusted before the end of Friday, as they tie up talks over a £50million-plus move for the France international midfielder.
Anfield Sporting Director Michael Edwards has personally overseen negotiations aimed at closing out a deal, after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas indicated – as revealed yesterday in the Mirror – that he is willing to let the midfielder leave.
As we reported, Fekir has made clear to Aulas that he sees Liverpool as his next destination, and does not want to consider any rivals offers, even with Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid circling.
Aulas wanted to wait until after the World Cup in the hope that the exciting forward, who could be a starter in the France first XI after impressing in warm up games, increases in value. He was also hoping a good tournament could provoke an auction.
But with Fekir’s heart set on the Reds, Liverpool pushed to conclude a deal before the World Cup, after promising initial talks gave them hope they can close out their second big transfer of an exciting summer.
Fekir is set for a medical on Friday after the clubs reached an agreement.
And that is news to the ears of the club’s supporters, who are keen to see another top class signing, following the buzz surrounding the capture of Brazil star Fabinho.
Edwards will aim to conclude negotiations with Aulas on a fee which is expected to be around £55million including bonus payments, with the club likely to agree a series of performance-related add-ons.
Aulas has told Fekir that he will not stand in the way of the player moving this summer after the player made clear his desire to move.
Liverpool have pushed hard to tie up the deal before the weekend, with France due to jet into Russia to set up their training base ahead of the World Cup kick off.
The move comes after the Reds completed an impressive first signing of the summer when they landed the Brazil international Fabinho from Monaco, in a deal that will eventually cost around £45m.
With Naby Keita also on his way from Germany, Fekir’s signing will essentially mean a whole new midfield for the Reds next season, and the signings will not stop there, with Jurgen Klopp also keen on signing a forward who can provide strength in back up to his front three.
Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri is one serious target, while the Reds have also watched Nigeria international Moses Simon, who plays for Gent.
The German coach also wants a keeper with Simon Mignolet set to leave this summer and Loris Karius likely to be used as a number two in the foreseeable future, but they have been priced out of a move for Jan Oblak and any deal for Roma’s Alisson is described as “hugely difficult” by Reds insiders.
Southampton’s Alex McCarthy was also on the radar, but – understandably – relations with the south coast club are strained and a deal would prove difficult to conclude.
Would Nabil Fekir be a good signing for Liverpool?
25000+ VOTES SO FAR
Source: Read Full Article