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

08 June 2018
Nabil Fekir: Liverpool close to £53m deal for Frenchman

Liverpool are confident of closing in on a transfer for Nabil Fekir, a source has told ESPN FC, despite Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas stating he was adamant no deal would be done before the World Cup. The two clubs have agreed a transfer fee of 65 million euros plus 7 million in add-ons.

The France global had not been expected to finalise a switch to Merseyside before the end of this summer's World Cup.

According to The Guardian, "Fekir is due to undergo a Liverpool medical at Clairefontaine, the France national team's training base, before signing terms on Friday".

However, speaking earlier on Thursday, Aulas said: "The [transfer] is at a standstill, there is no way forward".

"The whole thing will certainly not be completed during the World Cup, and I don't think anything will change before it. We haven't set a price tag because we haven't discussed this [Fekir's transfer] yet".

Aulas believes a pre-World Cup agreement may be the most profitable arrangement for Lyon after Didier Deschamps preferred Corentin Tolisso, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté in midfield for France's most recent warm up match.

Fekir will become the Reds' third summer signing following Monaco midfielder Fabinho's £43m move and Naby Keita's impending arrival from RB Leipzig.

Fekir has also drawn interest from Chelsea and Bayern Munich, but Liverpool have been aggressive in chasing his signature.

Shaqiri, 26, has a release clause of just £12m after Stoke were relegated to the Championship.