Nabil Fekir is on the verge of signing for Liverpool and will have a medical with the club tomorrow ahead of a £53m move from Lyon. There are many reports doing the rounds, including in the Guardian and the Irish Times.
The France international, who will go to the World Cup, is set to be Liverpool’s third signing of the summer, after Naby Keita and Fabinho joined the club recently. The reports say that Fekir will undergo a medical tomorrow at Clairefontaine, which is where the France national team’s training base is.
It had looked unlikely that the deal for the 24-year-old would happen anytime soon, as Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, said today that a deal was ‘at a standstill’ and was unlikely to be done before the World Cup.
“The deal is at a standstill, there is no way forward,” Aulas said. “The deal will certainly not be closed during the World Cup and I don’t think there will be any change before the World Cup. We haven’t set a price tag because we haven’t discussed this [Fekir’s transfer] yet.”
Liverpool continued to pursue the transfer despite Aulas’ words, and it seems that they broke his resolve to keep the player. The Reds will be delighted to have got this deal over the line before the World Cup.
The attacking midfielder, who is Lyon’s captain, played 38 games last season, scoring 21 goals.