Reports in France indicate that Olympique Lyon have received a £52.6 million bid from Liverpool for Nabil Fekir, with the player wanting his future sorted out ahead of the World Cup.

In January, Philippe Coutinho signed for Barcelona despite it being Jürgen Klopp’s wish for him to stay at Liverpool until the end of the season.

The gifted Brazilian midfielder should have left a sizeable gap in the team he left behind, but Mohamed Salah’s record-breaking form combined with the team unity in the squad meant that Liverpool pushed on after his departure and made it to the Champions League final.

All the press after Coutinho left was about how his former side would cope without a creative midfielder of his ability.

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Klopp wanted to sign Naby Keïta in January but RB Leipzig’s stubbornness meant that he will only be officially unveiled as a Red at the beginning of July – just like Fabinho.

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This summer, Liverpool are ready to sign a ‘Coutinho replacement’ and Lyon’s Nabil Fekir is the most likely target, with reports from France indicating that the Anfield outfit has submitted its first bid.

According to Le Parisien, Liverpool have submitted an opening bid of £52.6 million but that Lyon are not in any rush to conclude a deal. In fact, Les Gones want to wait until after the World Cup as they believe Fekir’s participation in the France squad could hike his price up further.

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The report indicates that Liverpool will need to be “more convincing” which can only mean they will need to offer more money to entice Lyon into selling before the World Cup is over.

Le Parisien also point out that Fekir and his entourage are not entirely certain and this is another reason for a hold up in the transfer.

According to the Mirror, however, Liverpool have not yet made a bid for Fekir but with the Reds stepping up their pursuit of the playmaker, Lyon have been informed he wants to make the switch to Anfield.

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Dave Maddock writes: “The Lyon attacking midfielder has met with his club president Jean-Michel Aulas to make clear he wants a move to Anfield and would like his future decided before the World Cup starts.”

Aulas has made it clear that he won’t block a move for Fekir but is confident about not rushing through a deal given that the French side is in a strong position to negotiate.

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