The season is barely over for Liverpool and already the attention for many has fully turned to transfer season. In fairness, for many at the club this will have been the case long before Saturday’s disappointing Champions League final in Kiev.
With a World Cup on the horizon and an early close to the transfer window, getting deals done quickly is more important than ever, and it has become clear that Liverpool’s first priority is the signing of Lyon and France star attacker Nabil Fekir.
There have been reports of contact between the two clubs and an all-but-done deal since before the end of the Premier League season two weeks ago now, but no formal move was likely to happen before the Champions League final was played.
Now, it has been. And now, L’Equipe say Liverpool are moving quickly to close the deal for Fekir, with the French outlet suggesting a £53M formal offer could get the deal done in short order. They aren’t the only ones who think it’s close now.
After fans spent much of May reading French reports of Liverpool’s interest in Fekir with hope and maybe a little skepticism, late last week Liverpool’s club-connected journalists moved en masse to say Fekir was almost certain to end up at Anfield.
Now, those same French outlets that first reported interest and said a deal is all but done for some time now are saying official contact has been made and a formal offer is near. If it is, and the deal goes through, it will be an auspicious start to the summer.
With Naby Keïta already set to arrive and Fekir looking likely to join him, Liverpool will have gone a long way to answering questions about midfield strength and depth—though with Emre Can leaving, one more signing there may be made.
Then, attention will turn to strengthening the attack and, possibly, bringing in a new number one goalkeeper, with the club seeking to have all its major deals done and dusted before the World Cup kicks off.