Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas appears to have given Liverpool major hope of still signing Nabil Fekir in this summer’s transfer window.
The France international was strongly linked with the Reds earlier this summer, with the Daily Mirror reporting on how his £53million move to Anfield fell through.
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That report also suggested Fekir had been given permission from his club to re-open talks over joining Liverpool, and Aulas’ latest quotes hint that may be the case, even though he refers to these stories as simply something he’s seen reported in the media.
It remains to be seen if Liverpool will ever get their man, but Jurgen Klopp could do with more attacking players, even after bringing in Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City.
The Switzerland international’s move to the Merseyside giants was made official this week and he should be a useful backup player, but someone like Fekir could still be needed.
The 24-year-old is one of Europe’s finest attacking midfield players and could challenge the likes of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane more strongly for their places in the starting XI.
Below is Aulas’ latest on the Fekir transfer saga to Le Progres, as translated by a Liverpool fan account on Twitter…
Aulas (On Fekir): “It seems that Liverpool could come back for him. That is what I saw in the media, but I have not been informed. Maybe he will go to Liverpool, or to another club, but if he stays at OL, it will be a great year for him and for us.” [@Le_Progres] #LFC
— PassionTransfer (@PassionTransfer) July 15, 2018