Could have been a Red but will now be a Blue? Chelsea looking to seal deal for World Cup winner 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 L’Equipe website claimed Chelsea are ready to battle Bayern Munich for the signature of Fekir, as a possible replacement for star man Eden Hazard.
It is no secret that the right offer will convince Hazard into leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, with Madrid reportedly ready to hand the Belgian his dream move to the Bernabeu in a deal worth around £200 million, as the Spaniards are desperate to revamp the squad add a fresh batch of galacticos to the side after a disappointing start to the new season.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed earlier in the season that there was contact with Chelsea over a possible deal for Fekir, but they decided to keep hold of the Frenchman after the Blues failed to make an official move for the 21-goal midfielder.
‘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 on Chelsea signing Fekir
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.