Reports Claim Fekir Is On His Way To Liverpool
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has tried to play down reports that the Merseyside club have agreed a deal for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir. However, the Reds boss was unconvincing in his denial.
French outlets Canal Plus and RMC claimed on Sunday to have been told that Fekir will move to Anfield this summer for a fee of €70million (£61.6million) including bonuses. The report claims that former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier, who works for Lyon. Houllier was in England a few weeks ago to finalise the deal and an announcement is expected after the season comes to an end next Sunday.
However, Klopp moved to distance himself from the reports. Speaking after Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday he said:
“During the game, we agreed a deal? I would be surprised about that to be honest. No comment.”
Fekir has been extensively linked with Arsenal over the past two seasons. But the relationship between Arsene Wenger and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas isn’t strong – the two men don’t get on – and that has prevented any deal from being done.
Arsenal’s transfer targets are now being identified by director of football Sven Mislintat and it seems that Fekir isn’t as high up his wishlist.
The same reports suggesting a Liverpool move for Fekir is on the cards also speculated over a possible bid for the Barcelona midfielder Ousmane Dembele. The France international moved from Borussia Dortmund to Barca last summer in a deal that could cost the Catalan side as much as £135million. But after an injury-hit first season at the Nou Camp he is being tipped to go out on loan next season with Liverpool a possible destination.
“Who was the second name? Dembele? Oooh, is he on the market? Now I am interested!” Klopp added.
“I never comment on transfer rumours. I have already said much more than I usually do.”