Jean-Michel Aulas has said that Lyon are expecting the week before the Premier League transfer window closes to be “stormy” and have a contingency plan if Nabil Fekir leaves.
Liverpool fans are greedy – that much is an undeniable fact.
The news that Alisson Becker joined the club for £66.2million was met with an overflowing wave of excitement and joy but just hours afterwards, fans began wondering about the chances of signing Nabil Fekir as well.
I’m certainly right up there as one of the main culprits but I’m afraid that we may all be let down massively come the start of the season. At the moment, it seems like it’s going to be very difficult to resurrect the £53million deal agreed last month.
Sporting director Michael Edwards has done some incredible work over the last couple months to sign Alisson, Naby Keïta, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri. Not to mention bringing Virgil van Dijk to Anfield in January.
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But, with there still a Philippe Coutinho shaped hole in the middle of the park, supporters want Nabil Fekir to come in and add the creativity and goals to midfield that the Brazilian brought to the table.
If we choose to read into comments that Aulas has made most recently, it could be that the Lyon president is gearing up to sell Fekir.
He said: “If Nabil (Fekir) stays, it changes our ambition. There could be one or two follies, we’ll see.”
It’s my belief that when Aulas refers to “follies” he’s referring to a couple big signings that Lyon would make to ensure that Fekir’s absence wasn’t felt as badly as it might if they failed to reinforce after his departure.
On potentially selling Fekir and Marcelo: “I am not afraid of anything. If they leave, that means we will have received the number we want, we will do everything we can for them not to leave, but the week before the 9th of August will certainly be a bit of a storm.
“In the current context, as the World Champions, with Lyon who has the ambition to do something big next year, it is difficult for Nabil to find a genuinely better club who plays Champions League football.”