This may be an old bit of news for you by now (sorry about that) but French radio network RMC, generally thought to be a reasonably reliable outlet, have reported that Liverpool have agreed €70million deal with Lyon for Nabil Fekir. The same report also suggests Liverpool are currently in negotiations with Barcelona with the intention of signing Ousmane Dembele.
Naturally, the social media activities surrounding Liverpool FC have got positively excited about these reports, with most of them either ignoring or not even aware of the part where it says that these activities by the Reds suggest they believe they will lose a key attacking player this summer.
Klopp certainly looked bemused at the Fekir suggestion in his post-Chelsea press conference, while Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has directly denied any contact with Liverpool over the attacking midfielder. In fact he expressed the club’s hope Fekir would remain with them past this summer.
When asked about the Dembele part of the report, Klopp replied, with a dose of sarcasm in his voice:
“Is he in the market? Now I’m interested!”
While having these players complement the current attacking options at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal would be a huge boost for next season’s ambitions, the prospect of having them replace any one of the front three would not look as appealing.
Going for Fekir does make sense though. A fantastic player, highly explosive, great dribbler and shooter, very creative, very passionate. Having him play behind Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane would be an exciting thing to see. On the other hand, Dembele has so far spent only a year at Camp Nou. Given his age (turning 21 in a week) and the price Barcelona paid to prize him away from Dortmund last summer (just under £100million), it’s hard to imagine the Catalans letting him go this summer.
Some suggest going for a loan deal, but in all honesty, would he start ahead of Salah or Mane? And would Barcelona send him out on loan to be a squad option at Liverpool?
Meanwhile, Ruben Neves has poured some cold water over all transfer speculations surrounding him. Apparently, he spoke to Sky Sports during Wolves’ open-top bus parade to celebrate winning the Championship, and said he had come there to help the club (Wolves), and the club have helped him as well, and now he hopes to play in the Premier League – with Wolves.
Neves has been a key component in the Wolves’ team this season and he seems reluctant to take risks at this point. Perhaps, from his own perspective, it does make sense to try top-flight football in England in a low-key club before embarking on an adventure for glory.