Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of Nabil Fekir, and are set to sign the Lyon captain in a £60 million deal this summer.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, Liverpool have taken big strides in their bid to sign Nabil Fekir in the summer transfer window. The Reds are hoping to seal the deal to secure the services of the Lyon captain following the Champions League final this weekend.
Fekir has long been regarded as one of the most exciting talents in world football, and seems to have had his career back on track after recovering from a gruesome knee injury. The player has made such an enormous impact at Lyon that he has also been entrusted with the club captaincy.
And, it can be argued that the added responsibility has spurred him on to better things, with Fekir enjoying his most productive senior campaign. In 40 games across all competitions, the Frenchman went on to grab 23 goals and 8 assists, and it is hardly surprising that he is attracting interest from a number of top European clubs.
The likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been linked with the 24-year-old, but Liverpool seem to be the only prominent outfit remaining in his pursuit. As things stand, the Reds are primed to land Fekir this summer, with Jurgen Klopp set to go all out in his pursuit after the Champions League final, and for good reason.
Liverpool might have been one of the most prolific attacking outfits in Europe this season, but there is little to no quality beyond the fearsome front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, especially since the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January.
Indeed, Klopp has failed to replace the Brazilian since his big money move and Fekir, with his abilities in the final third, is close to a like-for-like replacement. His eye for a goal, in particular, will stand Liverpool in good stead, adding a fourth quality option in attack.
The Merseyside club are now set to step up their interest in Fekir, who could be open to a move away from Lyon. But, Liverpool face two big hurdles in pursuit of the Frenchman, with a deal yet to be agreed with the Ligue 1 outfit, who are also set to slap a hefty price on him after president Jean Michel Aulas recently insisted that his suitors “will have to be very very rich” to sign him.
The report iterates that £60 million might be enough for Lyon to part ways with Fekir. The figure should pose little problem to Liverpool, who have not shown a reluctance to spend big for their priority targets, as evidenced by the signings of Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk, and it remains to be seen if Fekir ends up joining the list of big-money transfer to Anfield.