Liverpool have made their a £52.5m (60m euros) bid for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir, 24, according to French outlet Le Parisien.
The report also claims that Fekir wants to have his future resolved by the time the World Cup starts but that the bid still doesn’t fully match Lyon’s valuation of the playmaker.
It also goes on to say that the ‘deadline’ of June 16, when France play their first match of the tournament against Australia may well not be met due to complications to be ironed out with the deal.
The capture of Monaco man Fabinho was as impressive as it was sudden. Liverpool’s interest in Fekir has rumbled on for a while already and it would be in everybody’s interests for a deal to be concluded snappily once more.
Transfer sagas that run into World Cups are not a great idea for anyone; the club cannot adequately plan for next season, and the player is distracted through what should be a hugely enjoyable experience.
If Liverpool could snare another of Ligue 1’s top talents before the Russian showpiece begins, it would also lay down a major marker that they mean business next season.