21-goal star to be sold! Chelsea interested in signing £75 million Liverpool target Fekir
Fresh reports have claimed Chelsea are still interested in signing Lyon star and Liverpool target Nabil Fekir.
Fekir become one of the most talked about midfielders in Europe after a stunning season with Lyon last year in which he netted 21-goals in all competitions.
That led to speculation he was all set to make the move to the premier League and Liverpool in particular, with a fee agreed between both clubs, a shirt number picked out and Fekir arriving for his medical to be part of Jurgen Klopp’s revolution.
However, Liverpool pulled the plug on a £62 million deal as they were worried about a long-term knee injury, which Fekir has seemingly got over and the Frenchman stayed at Lyon and helped his nation win the World Cup in Russia.
But after another impressive start to the new season, there has been reports on the TMW website which have claimed Chelsea are ready to battle Real Madrid for the signature of Fekir, as a possible replacement for Willian.
It is no secret that the right offer will convince Maurizio Sarri into selling Willian next summer, with Manchester United and Barcelona still keen to acquire his services despite the fact he snubbed a move last summer.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed earlier in the season he was hoping that Chelsea would snap him up las summer, as they were still keen to offload the Frenchman.
‘In the beginning, when we thought about our summer transfer window and how to organise the future squad, we thought that he was practically gone,’ Aulus said.
‘That’s why we have been able to adapt things.
‘We spoke with Chelsea representatives, and they had no interest at all in him.
‘From then on, we realised we could change our plans (as Nabil would stay).’
Here is what we think.
The Frenchman would bring goals, assists and something different in the centre of midfield and if he has another productive season with Lyon, then Chelsea and Liverpool will face more competition next summer.
They may have missed out on a top-class act.