Nabil Fekir: Liverpool close to £53m deal for Frenchman

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Liverpool could sign Nabil Fekir or Xherdan Shaqiri within 24 hours By Michael Mongie- 7th June 2018 0

Reports emerging late on Thursday evening suggest a breakthrough has been made as Liverpool look to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon.

Fekir is on the verge of becoming Jürgen Klopp's second major transfer of the summer, with Anfield officials having agreed a deal worth an initial €55m to the French club plus €5m in bonuses.

It seemed like a deal would not be agreed before the World Cup because Lyon were hoping that an impressive display in Russian Federation would inflate Fekir's price tag.

However, Fekir has never started a competitive match for France so is unlikely to be a key player at the 2018 World Cup.

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"The transfer will certainly not close during the World Cup and I do not think there is any change before the World Cup", Aulas claimed. "We haven't set a price tag because we haven't discussed this [Fekir's transfer] yet".

The signing of the 24-year-old follows the capture of Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who signed for Liverpool within 48 hours of the club's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev last month.

Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in the French global - but Liverpool are now in the driving seat.

Fekir scored 23 goals and provided eight assists in 40 appearances during the 2017-18 campaign at the Ligue 1 side.

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