Liverpool were all set to make Nabil Fekir the headliner of their summer signings. The fee appeared to have been agreed, terms had been hashed out, and the player had even done his first interview for what was meant to be his unveiling at his new club.
Then it all broke down, and while the club has never confirmed why, the consensus is that Fekir’s medical raised concerns that the player could be at increased risk of serious injury over the length of his Liverpool contract should the deal be pushed through.
Since then, every noise out of the club via connected journalists has been that there is no chance of the deal being revived, with The Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce confirming as much as recently as this week. The message to fans has been clear.
Yet many won’t let go of the idea of Fekir joining up. They’ll be eager to hear today’s claim from French journalist Julien Laurens—regular for La Parisien and a French football expert for everyone from BT Sport to The Guardian—that Liverpool remain interested.
Laurens claims Liverpool—along with Chelsea, Manchester United, and Bayern—are all currently tracking Fekir, who has shown no signs of signing a new Lyon contract that would extend his stay at the French club past the summer of 2020.
Maybe, just maybe, there would come a point when Fekir’s talent and the price Lyon would be able to demand as his contract runs down would make it worth the added risk of signing him. Or at least that seems the unavoidable implication of it all.
Beyond a thin claim that Liverpool are still tracking the player and a few logical leaps, of course, there’s nothing really to it. Still, for those Liverpool fans who just can’t let go of the thought of Fekir joining up, it’s something.