Before the World Cup, Liverpool tried their damned hardest to get a deal sorted for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir done but it wasn’t to be.
Liverpool agreed a £53m deal with Lyon before recording Fekir’s first interview, completing his first photo shoot and pretty much organising everything there is to becoming a Liverpool player. However, in his medical, Liverpool uncovered an underlying issue with his knee that could result in a catastrophic injury. As a result of which, Michael Edwards and the Liverpool negotiating team sought to lower the price of the transfer. Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon’s chairman and owner was having none of that and the deal fell through.
Many fans thought that was that but it’s now emerging that Liverpool have revitalised interest in the French midfielder and are looking to get a deal over the line.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury, which is set to keep him out of the entirety of next season, is probably the catalyst to this but a new attacking midfielder is definitely a must.
A new deal with Lyon must be struck to allow Fekir to join Liverpool. Dean Jones of Bleacher Report says that talks are progressing well and that a deal could be coming in the next few days.
A deal with Lyon could reportedly include a “refund clause” which will see Fekir return to Lyon in the event of a serious injury, how bad that injury would have to be is anyone’s guess but it would be the first deal in history of the kind, but coming off a world cup-winning campaign with France, Aulas may try and extort an exorbitant fee.
If a fee, and more importantly, a payment structure can be agreed upon by the two clubs, the Nabil Fekir transfer can happen almost instantaneously, with all of his post-signing media duties already fulfilled.
Stay tuned to The Anfield Talk for all the transfer updates over the last 22 days of the transfer window.