Lyon are preparing for captain and influential playmaker Nabil Fekir’s departure to Liverpool by bidding for Porto’s Hector Herrera.
Speculation still swirls over Fekir’s future, with it clear that the player still wants a move to Liverpool and yet, there continues to be a stalemate between the Reds and Lyon but over what is unclear.
More than likely, an agreement cannot be reached over a fee for the midfielder after an issue was picked up in his medical over a month ago. That said, Liverpool still want the player but are just unwilling to spend £53million.
Paris United, via Get French Football News, claim that Lyon have submitted a bid for Porto pass master Hector Herrera. The Mexican helped his nation to the knockout stages of the World Cup and recorded an average pass success rate of 88%.
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While the 28-year-old is hardly a like for like replacement as far as Fekir is concerned, he would add a different, more robust quality to the Lyon side and plenty of experience as they head into the Champions League in the 2018/19 season.
Herrera’s arrival would pave the way for Fekir’s departure without Lyon manager Bruno Genesio losing too much quality in his midfield.
As far as Liverpool are concerned, they would be getting a midfielder who scored 23 goals last season – an ideal replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
Rumors from France that Fekir is unhappy with Aulas regarding the Liverpool transfer, having rejected a contract offer from Lyon and urging him to reopen talks with Liverpool. #LFC
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) July 23, 2018
*Supposedly* Fekir is unhappy with Aulas and has urged him to reopen negotiations with Liverpool after rejecting a contract offer from Lyon.
Big clubs let the players do the work for them. #LFC pic.twitter.com/BnCIuv3UFn
— Matt Thielen (@MelwoodDaily) July 23, 2018
On top of Lyon’s bid for Herrera, rumours are circulating on Twitter that Fekir is unhappy with Aulas and has rejected a contract from Lyon and requested that talks be reopened with Liverpool.
Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain, Fekir still wants Liverpool and that has the potential to push through a deal all on its own.