There is set to be another summer involving transfer speculation surrounding Lyon captain Nabil Fekir on the horizon.
The French World Cup winner has been at Lyon since the age of 12 but looked certain to move to Liverpool last summer, only for the deal to fall through at the last minute.
Following the failed move to Anfield, there was reported tension between both Fekir and his representative Jean-Pierre Bernes and it was finally confirmed this morning that the two are no longer associated.
Bernes told radio station Europe 1, as cited by Football365:
I terminated the contract on [Thursday]. It was a choice [Fekir] took. He will certainly look for another agent. Like all human relationships, from time to time you can have a difference of opinion on someone’s future or their behaviour. To get into one of the top 10 clubs is very difficult, you must have an approach. You must not place too much importance on the role of an agent. When you have a big player and a big club wants him, it is the club who come to see you. You are not soliciting interest.
Jurgen Klopp was looking for a player to fill the hole left by Phillipe Coutinho after his move to Barcelona last January, but it’s fair to say the Reds have coped well without the Brazilian.
Whether Liverpool will move for Fekir again this summer is unknown, but he should be available if they do decide he’s the right man to improve an already-strong squad.
How Nabil Fekir could fit in at Liverpool?
No. 10 in a 4-2-3-1 system
He could have a big impact in the middle of Salah, Mane and Firmino whilst just in front of Fabinho and Keita.
Most advanced midfielder in a 4-3-3
Slotting in where Coutinho thrived at Liverpool could be an option too, although Fekir is a much more attacking player.
Competition for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah
Mane and Salah have once again enjoyed great season but could they improve should competition enter the fray? Things haven’t really worked out for Shaqiri but having a player of Fekir’s calibre as an option off the bench will make Klopp’s attack even more frightening.
The centre of attack in a false nine
Firmino hasn’t had the best of seasons scoring wise, so having Fekir lead the line could not only improve goal output but lead to improved Firmino performances too.