Liverpool are reportedly closing in on a January move for Nabil Fekir to boost their bid to win the Premier League for the first time ever.
At the Etihad, the Reds struggled to break Manchester City down and while there might have been a better midfield combination that Jurgen Klopp could have gone with, the likes of Fekir could have helped create more clear-cut goalscoring chances.
A £53million deal to take Fekir to Merseyside was abandoned by Liverpool in the summer after an issue with his knee was discovered.
Michael Edwards tried to offset the risk of signing him by getting Lyon to agree to a restructuring of the fee payment but the Liverpool sporting director couldn’t get Jean-Michel Aulas to agree.
On Friday, a Turkish journalist claimed that Fekir is on his way to Liverpool and that he could be the player to help add the X-factor to Jurgen Klopp’s side to aid them in their title bid.
Now, Qatari news outlet Al Kass Sports Channels report that Fekir is closing in on a move to Liverpool. The veracity of this claim has to be questioned, of course, but there has been an increased number of claims suggesting he is on his way to Liverpool.
The Independent, a far more reliable news source, say that Lyon’s stance on selling Fekir is softening as the Frenchman’s contract runs into its final 18 months. The Ligue 1 outfit is at risk of losing him for free once his deal runs out and come the summer, they’ll be looking to sell him.