Lyon’s 24-year-old star Nabil Fekir has emerged as the player most likely to be Liverpool’s first major signing of the summer transfer window, and a series of reports out of France in recent weeks have an agreement with the player in place and the deal all but done.
Today, L’Equipe have claimed that the only thing holding back the conclusion of a deal is Liverpool’s one remaining game of football—the upcoming Champions League final. After that, with the foundations already laid, the club will seek to quickly push through a deal.
After Saturday’s final, Liverpool’s attentions will turn to officially submitting a bid having already largely hammered out the details behind the scenes with both the club and player, making it likely that a final deal won’t take long—at least if L’Equipe are right here.
And even if they aren’t, there’s little doubt Fekir is a target at this stage, and the price most often mentioned in the French press is between €60-70M. It’s steep, but not out of line with the for a player with 23 goals and seven assists this season in the current market.
“Is it farewell?” was Fekir’s response on the weekend when asked by journalists if his emotional substitution in Lyon’s final game of the season, with the player tearing up as the home fans clapped him off the pitch, meant his time at the club had come to an end
“Frankly, I don’t know. I gave everything for Lyon, now we’ll see. Even if all was not perfect this season, we finished well. It’s been four years since I’ve been pro and it’s been one of my greatest joys. We will have a discussion with the president now and see how it goes.”