Liverpool have agreed a £62 million deal to sign Nabil Fekir this summer as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, according to reports in France.
Yesterday, it was reported by the Telegraph that Liverpool are looking to sign a creative midfielder this summer. After Philippe Coutinho jumped ship mid-season to join Barcelona, it has been a priority of Jürgen Klopp’s to sign a replacement.
While many French football enthusiasts would argue otherwise, Nabil Fekir would be a top replacement for the Brazilian. The two are different in style, with Coutinho more of a creator, while the Frenchman is more of a finisher.
Either way, signing Fekir would see the Reds add more goals to their midfield, with the 24-year-old scoring 22 this season, assisting a further 7. According to the French press, Lyon have already agreed on a fee with Liverpool for the sale of Fekir.
RMC Sport report that Liverpool have agreed a £62 million deal to sign Fekir this summer but what makes the article seem a little bit untrustworthy is that it also claims that Klopp will target Ousmane Dembele too.
Before going in depth on the Dembele interest, the report says that former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier was crucial in striking an agreement for Fekir with club president Jean-Michel Aulas.
“Liverpool are concretely positioned to [sign] Ousmane Dembele,” the report boldly claims.
Klopp commented on the links with Fekir and Dembele after the Reds’ 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday: “During the game, we agreed a deal?! I would be surprised about that, to be honest. No comment.
“Who was the second name? Dembele? Oooh, is he on the market? Now I am interested!
“I never comment on transfer rumours. I have already said much more than I usually do.”
While there could be some credence to claims that Liverpool are interested in both these players, it does seem unlikely that the club has already sealed a deal for Fekir while firmly pushing for Dembele’s signature.
Before I get worked up about transfers, I will enjoy the end of the season and the prospect of a Champions League final featuring the mighty Reds makes this quite easy.