Klopp deal one? President Aulus tells Liverpool £53 million target Fekir is leaving this summer
Lyon have now encouraged Liverpool to reignite their interest in Nabil Fekir after admitting the midfielder can leave this summer.
The Frenchman has reportedly become a top transfer target for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp as he seeks to complete his summer spending with an adequate replacement for the now departed Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool were on the brink of signing France international Fekir before the World Cup but pulled the plug amid concerns over his medical.
The France international required two operations on his right knee inside the space of a year due to a cruciate ligament rupture and that made Liverpool walk away from the deal, but the 25-year-old has made 39 appearances in all competitions for Lyon this season, scoring 12 goals and registering nine assists and Liverpool have kept a key interest.
And now they have been boosted in their chase to land the Frenchman after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits that the midfielder is keen to leave the club.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Aulas said of Fekir: “His preference is shifting towards a move. We are open to discussions.
“I have no news. We are waiting for offers in the coming days but for now, there is nothing.”
Fekir has proven over the last 12 months that he is ready to make that next step in his career and play for a club like Liverpool, but this transfer rumour has been circling for a while and this latest statement by Aulus is probably just a way to bump up his asking price.
But if Liverpool are still interested to taking him to Anfield over the next few months, then they will need to try and get a deal done nice and early as the Frenchman has the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus all circling for a potential transfer deal.
If his injury issues are gone, then he could be a great addition to the Liverpool attack and would certainly offer something different to the club.