France International Linked
Manchester United have put in a bid for Lyon winger Nabil Fekir.
The France international – who came on as a substitute in Saturday’s 4-3 victory over Argentina in the World Cup round of 16 – was the subject of a bid from Liverpool earlier this month.
That €60million (£52million) transfer collapsed after a medical examination raised fears over the state of Fekir’s knee. He spent six months sidelined with an injury picked up while on international duty. But that was in September 2015. Another knee injury saw him sidelined for six weeks earlier this year.
Liverpool tried to get €5million (£4.4million) knocked off the transfer fee. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas refused and pulled the plug on the deal. He has since hinted that he could open talks over a new deal for Fekir.
Le Proges, a local newspaper for the Lyon region, now claims that Manchester United have lodged a bid of their own for the 24-year-old. There is no hint as to the size of the bid but having thrown out Liverpool’s revised bid of €55million Aulas is unlikely to accept a penny less than €60million.
Fekir has spent his entire career with Lyon coming up through the club’s academy and making his first-team debut in the 2013-14 campaign.
Bonucci On Manchester United Radar
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Leonardo Bonucci’s situation at AC Milan. The Serie A club were hit this week with a two-year ban from European competition after contravening Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules. They were due to play in the Europa League and Fiorentina will now take their place.
Bonucci only moved to Milan from Juventus last summer for a fee of £35million. But Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reports that he may now want to move elsewhere following Uefa’s decision. It claims that Jose Mourinho is currently monitoring the situation and could make a move.
Bonucci’s age could be an issue for United. He is 31 years old – over the 30-year-old threshold which usually rules out a move from the Red Devils.
Milan were linked this summer with Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but he decided instead to sign a new deal that could keep him at Old Trafford until 2021.