Liverpool have been handed fresh hope in their drawn-out bid to sign Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, with club president Jean-Michel Aulas revealing he’s free to leave this summer.
A deal worth £53million to bring the French World Cup winner to Anfield crumbled at the final hurdle last year, but now seems to be the perfect time to go back in for him.
Aulas, cited by Star Sport, recently admitted he’ll let Fekir depart Lyon during the transfer window, with just one year left on his current deal.
Effectively, Nabil is outside [of the two departures we already expect to happen], because we have an understanding that he can go. Thanks Nabil for bringing what he brought, we have an understanding to let him go.
If Fekir was to stay, the Ligue 1 outfit would risk losing him on a free transfer next summer so it could be a case of second time lucky for Jurgen Klopp, if he’s still interested in the player.
The attacking-minded midfielder – who is also comfortable on the flanks – scored 12 goals and provided nine assists in 39 appearances for Lyon this season.
Manchester City and Juventus have also been linked, but considering footage leaked of Fekir holding a Liverpool shirt around 12 months ago is a clear indication of his willingness to move to Merseyside.
Alternative Ligue 1 players Liverpool can sign
Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon)
With Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Adam Lallana all getting on a bit, why not add some youthful quality to the midfield alongside Fabinho, Wijnaldum and Keita? Ndombele’s form for Lyon this season has caught the eye of many heavyweight suitors.
Nicolas Pepe (Lille)
Pepe has been linked with a move to Anfield which is surprising, considering it’s unlikely you’d be a regular starter whilst Salah is around. You’d imagine the young right winger, known for cutting in on his deadly left foot, to be a perfect player for Klopp though.
Memphis Depay (Lyon)
It seems like Memphis is the signing Liverpool are most likely to make this summer, which is certainly rattling some cages over at Old Trafford. The versatile forward can play both on the wing and through the middle and is a stronger option than Shaqiri and Origi.
Moussa Dembele (Lyon)
The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to Man United this summer, but could provide perfect competition for Firmino and, aged 22, would act as a long-term replacement for the outgoing Sturridge.