Liverpool deserve immense credit for the way they’ve gone about improving the squad in the wake of their defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Fabinho was swiftly signed from Monaco for £43.7 million. Like Naby Keita, he will officially become a Liverpool player on July 1.
And it was reported on Thursday evening that a deal has been agreed to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon.
Liverpool’s pursuit of the 24-year-old has been long-running and Lyon’s president even admitted this week that Fekir’s future would be decided after the World Cup.
But it would appear that Jean-Michel Aulas has finally relented to Liverpool’s pressure.
According to Paul Joyce of The Times, Liverpool have agreed to pay an initial £48.4m to sign Fekir, with a further £4.4m in bonuses.
The deal is expected to be completed before France take on the United States in their final World Cup warm-up match on Saturday evening.
LIVERPOOL FANS ARE BUZZING
Fekir scored 23 goals this season and Liverpool have beaten Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid to his signature.
It shows just how appealing Liverpool are to high-profile players these days, but it’s not just Klopp who is getting all the credit.
Liverpool fans are heaping praise on the club’s sporting director, Michael Edwards, for the manner in which he has rebuilt the squad.
Edwards has helped facilitate the transfers of Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, and the Reds are suddenly a team that is ready to compete for major trophies.
And he’s getting a lot of respect for the way in which he’s spent the £142m Liverpool received in Phillipe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona.
We sold Coutinho for £142m.
We have bought:
Nabil Fekir: £52.8m
Naby Keita: £52m
We’ve basically sold Coutinho for a much upgraded midfield for £6.5m. Give Michael Edwards a statue.
— Sam (@VintageSalah) June 7, 2018
We sold Coutinho for £142 million. We brought in Keita, Fabinho and Fekir for a total cost of £148.5 million. World class business by the club. Thank you, Michael Edwards.
— ‘ (@VintageFirmino) June 7, 2018
“A whole new world-class, revolutionary midfield for the price of Coutinho. Michael Edwards has done a madness,” Twitter user @Niraj_G16 wrote.
— Niraj (@Niraj_G16) June 7, 2018
Michael Edwards is the king of the transfer market!
Coutinho for Van Dijk and .. pic.twitter.com/Q2vfQak4QP
— Mo. (@mosalah22_) June 7, 2018
Fabinho was signed within 48 hours of the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid and the speed of Liverpool’s work is attributed to the work of Edwards and the rest of Liverpool’s recruitment team, including Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter.
2014: We sell Suarez and replace him with Rickie Lambert. 2018: We sell Coutinho and replace him with Keita, Fabinho and Fekir. All hail Michael Edwards #LFC
— Ashley (@ash_tw1) June 7, 2018
Coutinho goes and Michael Edwards uses the money to bring in Fabinho, van Dijk and Fekir. I’m pretty sure Ian Ayre is still in a dingy hotel in Ukraine trying to tie up the Konoplyanka deal #levels
— Luke Edwards (@lukeed92) June 7, 2018
They are still trying to complete a deal to sign goalkeeper Alisson, according to Joyce, but Roma are reluctant to sell the Brazilian.