Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon, according to various reports. The agreement has been reached at the price of £48million up front plus £4million in bonuses.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is well-known for being a tough man to negotiate with, but a few unexpected circumstances made him soften his stance up. First of all, Fekir had informed Lyon of his wish to join Liverpool and no other club, thus effectively ruining any realistic hopes Aulas might have had of a bidding war. Then it turned out the attacking midfielder probably won’t be starting for France in the World Cup, which means little chance of the price going up after the tournament.
Fekir will take up the spot manager Jürgen Klopp had previously envisioned for Philippe Coutinho until the Brazilian forced his way out in January. With the services of Naby Keita and Fabinho already secured, Liverpool have completely revamped their midfield and bolstered their squad significantly.
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