Nabil Fekir has been heavily linked with an exit from Olympique Lyon since the 2017-18 season, but he remains with the side now that the 2018-19 campaign has come to an end. However, recent reports have indicated that things might change for good this summer.
And once again, Liverpool would come to the rescue of the 25-year-old attacking midfielder and France international. The Reds were already linked with a move for Fekir before the start of past season, but nothing happened. This time, though, The Reds would be far more serious on their approach for the talented playmaker.
In fact, both parties already had an agreement last season for €52 million ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Liverpool decided to back out of the deal due to Fekir’s “ongoing” knee issues. But the 25-year-old proved his knees are just fine appearing in 29 Ligue 1 matches, where he registered nine goals and seven assists.
Circunstances are different now. Fekir is entering the final 12 months of his contract with Lyon and they must sell him now, since the talented playmaker won’t extend his deal with the Ligue 1 giants. It’s now or never, and Liverpool know they can capitalise on a great chance if they agree with Lyon on a new deal.
According to Romain Collet-Gaudin, a journalist working for Canal+ and Eurosport, the Champions League winners would be willing to pay up to €30 million this time around.
Fekir ended the 2018-19 season with 12 goals and nine assists in 39 appearances across all competitions for Lyon.