Talks are “progressing slowly” between Lyon and Liverpool as the Reds look to agree on a deal with the French side for the transfer of Nabil Fekir.
The World Cup kicks off in little over a week now and clubs across Europe are frantically trying to negotiate moves for international stars in the hope of completing them before the start of the tournament.
The reason being that players that have good tournaments tend to become more expensive as their stock rises with rival clubs, meaning the likes of Lyon and AS Roma will be able to ask more for Nabil Fekir and Alisson Becker.
While Liverpool are yet to start negotiating with Roma over a fee for their fantastic ‘keeper, talks are underway with Lyon to land on a price for their influential playmaker.
According to L’Equipe, talks for the purchase of Fekir are “progressing slowly” which can be viewed as a negative turn of events given the importance of time in this deal but it’s just as important to remember that the Frenchman won’t be available to Liverpool until late July.
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Given that France is expected to progress into the latter stages of the World Cup, Fekir will then go on holiday in July – with Liverpool players expected back at Melwood for pre-season on July 2nd – to rest and recover from what will have been a long season.
With that in mind, even if Liverpool end up paying slightly more than the initially rumoured valuation of £62 million, it matters very little in the grand scheme of things.
Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are also “monitoring the situation”. Both clubs could potentially hijack a move for Fekir if things go horribly wrong.
As things stand, Liverpool want Fekir and Fekir wants Liverpool and therefore there is overwhelming confidence that the Reds will get their man.