All eyes will turn back to the summer transfer window when the World Cup finishes in just under two weeks’ time.
Reports continue to link some of the world’s best players with new clubs, but while the action is ongoing in Russia only a few deals are being pushed over the line.
One rumour that just refuses to die and will hopefully be resolved soon is Nabil Fekir joining Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Fekir came desperately close to completing a £53m move last month but it collapsed at the last minute when concerns were raised over his injury history.
It’s claimed talks will resume once the World Cup is over, with Fekir still keen on swapping Ligue 1 for the Premier League.
But according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, the France international was unfazed when his move to Liverpool fell through.
“I spoke with Nabil Fekir the day after the night when we decided to stop negotiations with Liverpool,” explained Aulus. “He was very calm.
FEKIR TO LIVERPOOL STILL ON?
“I immediately said to him that if he wanted to stay, we could do an extension. I’ve said it before, we don’t need to sell.
“We have the capacity to keep Fekir. The current plan is to let nobody leave to have the best team possible and to make signings as previously planned.”
Lyon have made it very clear that they want to keep Fekir, but now manager Bruno Genesio has made a rather telling admission about the 24-year-old’s future.
Fekir has now told Genesio that he wants to play at a higher level, which has prompted Lyon’s coach to start thinking of dates to hold crunch talks.
Lyon coach Bruno Gènèsio on Nabil Fékir: "He has expressed his desire to play at another level. We will need to set a date. If there is a possibility like with Liverpool, Nabil will certainly seize the opportunity, once both parties agree."
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) July 3, 2018
“He has expressed his desire to play at another level,” said Genesio. “We will need to set a date.
“If there is a possibility like with Liverpool, Nabil will certainly seize the opportunity, once both parties agree.”
Very interesting. Genesio directly mentioned Liverpool but didn’t give away whether there’s still interest from the Reds.
But if Fekir is hellbent on leaving Lyon, there’s a good chance Klopp will try his luck again and try to negotiate a lower transfer fee.