According to reports in The Independent, Liverpool have made great progress in their bid to sign Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, rated at £54m by Transfermarkt, with the French club’s president accepting that he only wants to move to Anfield, and the Reds’ arch-rivals Everton should be watching developments closely.
Well, it appears as though Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring in a big-name replacement for Philippe Coutinho during the summer transfer window, and Fekir has been heavily linked with a move to join the Merseyside outfit in recent weeks following a stunning season with the Ligue 1 outfit.
The Independent says that Liverpool are hopeful of completing a deal to sign the 24-year-old France international before the World Cup starts on June 14, with him potentially joining other summer additions Naby Keita and Fabinho at Anfield.
Fekir has made his country’s final 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia later this month, and it is no surprise after he scored 23 goals and provided a further eight assists in 40 appearances in all competitions for Lyon during the 2017/18 campaign.
If he does link up with the Reds, he would be competing with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana for a midfield spot, with one of the aforementioned names surely on their way out if a move materialises.
Well, Lallana could be the player that is surplus to requirements if Liverpool sign Fekir, having gone from a key first-team player to one that has been hampered by injury issues in recent seasons.
The 30-year-old has plenty of ability and lots to offer at this level though, and the Toffees should be keen on a player that is comfortable using both feet and would provide a real attacking impetus for them from the middle of the park, with a 6ft 1in Ronald Koeman signing has reportedly already told Marco Silva of his intention to leave Goodison Park this summer.
In addition, the England international is reported to be an Everton fan – or at least he was when he was growing up – and he would surely love the challenge of trying to help the Merseyside outfit gatecrash the top-six party next season.