Liverpool agree Nabil Fekir deal with Lyon

Heather Diaz
June 8, 2018

Liverpool have allegedly reached a deal to sign Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas appeared to rule out Liverpool's chances of signing Fekir before the tournament in Russian Federation and the Reds feared the French club were using the World Cup to ramp up the price for the midfielder.

The clubs are yet to agree a fee, but talks could conclude on Friday about a deal that may amount to 60m euros - 55m plus a maximum of 5m add-ons.

Anfield officials will continue negotiations on Friday, increasingly hopeful of a deal before the 24-year-old heads for World Cup duty.

Fekir is expected to leave his boyhood club this summer has reportedly told Lyon that he would prefer a move to Liverpool. Fekir is set to play for France on Saturday evening against the U.S., a game that will take place in Lyon's Stade des Lumieres.

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"The deal is at a standstill, there is no way forward", Aulas had claimed.

Liverpool have wasted no time in strengthening their midfield ranks having already signed Fabinho from Monaco and Naby Keita Red Bull Leipzig.

"The [transfer] will certainly not close during the World Cup and I do not think there is any change before the World Cup".

The Swiss winger was part of the Stoke City side relegated last season and has been clear about his plans to exercise a relegation release clause written into his contract with the Potters.

"We haven't set a starting price because we haven't discussed that yet".

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