Liverpool were heavily linked with Lyon star Nabil Fekir last year, however, the French international ended up staying with the Ligue 1 club. Now, the Les Bleus playmaker is once again in the lime light.
According to Nicolo Schira, Klopp has reignited his interest in luring the Lyon captain and club president Jean-Michel Aulas values his prized asset at 50 million euros (£45million).
The journalist has also claimed that Liverpool have offered a five year deal (worth 20 million euros – £18million ) that will make Fekir earn 4 million euros per year.
What’s going on in the media:
In the United Kingdom, on June 2nd, The Daily Express exclusively reported that the Merseysiders almost secured the signing of the 25-year-old attacker for £53million last year but this time, Jurgen Klopp will attempt to hire his services for a lower fee.
Now, if we are to believe the claim made by Schira, who is a very famous Italian journalist/reporter and works for a renowned media outlet in the form of La Gazzetta Dello Sport, then a contract offer has been made to the player by the European champions.
2018 – Transfer saga:
Liverpool sold Coutinho in January 2018 but did not replace him in the same winter transfer window. Even now, they have not replace him as yet.
They were reportedly very close to signing Fekir in the summer transfer window of 2018. According to a report from last year, (Mirror Sport) the Anfield club had agreed a deal with the Ligue 1 side and also secured a contract with the attacker.
However, there was an issue with his medical that Liverpool were worried about. The Reds had concerns over a knee injury that the player suffered few years back (The Telegraph) and the French club decided to end the deal.
Stats, injury and contract:
Fekir featured in 39 games in all competitions for Lyon and directly contributed in 21 goals (12 goals and 9 assists). in the last campaign.
In the Champions League, he directly contributed in 5 goals in 5 starts. Most notably, he netted a goal and provided an assist to help Lyon beat Premier League champions Man City at the Etihad Stadium.
As far as his fitness is concerned, as per Transfermarkt, the World Cup winning star did not miss a single game due to injury last term.
As mentioned above, his price tag is £45million but it should be taken into consideration that his current contract with Lyon will expire next year (June 2020).