Liverpool are set to put in a strong effort to sign Lyon’s Nabil Fekir next week, according to Paul Joyce of the Times.
The last time we talked about this possibility, we stressed that nobody of the usually reliable sources had confirmed it. Well, now they have. Apart from Joyce, James Pearce of Liverpool Echo and Jason Burt of the Telegraph have also reported the news.
Nabil Fekir is Liverpool’s number one transfer target this summer. Talks underway
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) May 24, 2018
Joyce says there’s a growing belief at Liverpool that they are favourites to sign Fekir, in a deal that would knock some £60million out of their pockets. Fekir scored 23 goals in 40 games in all competitions for Lyon in 2017/18, and he’s been deservedly named in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
Such a clever attacking midfielder, packing a superb long-range shot, would certainly help the Reds in breaking through low blocks as well as exploit high defensive lines even more efficiently. With Naby Keita arriving soon, it truly is a mouthwatering prospect. Fekir is also very capable of deputizing in any position across the front three.
A defensive midfielder is also on Klopp’s wishlist, but Joyce rules out Napoli’s Jorginho as the Brazil-born Italian is set to join Manchester City. He also confirms Liverpool’s interest in Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker, but Roma are apparently reluctant to sell and are therefore expected to demand an astronomical fee for Brazil’s No.1. Unless they soften their stance up, Klopp may opt to present Danny Ward with a chance as the second-choice ’keeper, following a likely departure of Simon Mignolet.