Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has slapped a €70million (£61.5m) price tag on Nabil Fekir’s head and remains open to a deal going through.
Although a deal fell apart at the eleventh hour, Nabil Fekir can still complete a move to Liverpool with Lyon’s club president speaking quite candidly about what the club is looking for.
After yesterday claiming that Real Madrid have expressed an interest in Fekir, Aulas has spoken out again on Lyon’s skipper.
“Nothing is ever completely over in the footballing world,” he said. “Personally, I am no longer in discussions with Liverpool. At the moment, we are waiting for France and Nabil to have a fantastic World Cup.
“If Nabil was to start in the World Cup final, I am thinking about Nabil, about his future, about his family, because I especially like his dad and the entire environment.
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“He has an agent in Jean-Pierre Bernes of the highest quality. You should not worry, I think that Nabil’s career is going to be even greater if he stays at Lyon, but it will not be me who decides.”
While it seems as though Liverpool will have to wait until late July to finalise a deal for Fekir if they’re still keen, it doesn’t appear as though Lyon will stand in his way.
Aulas said in an interview with Bein Sports that he is looking for €70m (£61.5m) for the playmaker. This contradicts the £53m fee that was widely reported two weeks ago.
Liverpool aren’t expecting to complete any incomings until the World Cup is over and so a deal for Fekir not expected is to be finalised for the next three weeks at least.