Liverpool are on the brink of completing a £53million deal to make Nabil Fekir their second signing of the summer.
The France international has been Jurgen Klopp’s prime target for the window, as he believes Fekir his to be the ideal long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool’s manager wanted the deal wrapped up before the World Cup, and also France national coach Didier Deschamps, whose side face the United States on Sunday.
Lyon had taken a tough stance, with president Jean Michel Aulas indicating on Thursday that negotiations had stalled.
‘We have not set a price because we have not discussed this yet,’ said Aulas.
And on Friday, they took that notion a step further with a strong statement via their official Twitter account.
‘Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media about the transfer of Nabil Fekir to Liverpool,’ it reads.
‘In this period of transfers where the slightest rumour is often presented as a reality, Olympique Lyonnais recalls that only the information disseminated by the club on its website is authentic.’
However, Liverpool Sporting Director Michael Edwards has remained in discussions in an attempt to push the deal through and the club’s willingness to get business completed has been illustrated by the fact members of Liverpool’s medical team are waiting to fly to Paris to complete a medical.
Should there be no complications, Fekir – who scored 23 goals for Lyon last season and was watched by Manchester City representatives at a Europa League game against Everton – would become the third player worth more than £50million Liverpool have signed in the space of eight months, following on from Naby Keita (£52.5m from RB Leipzig) and Virgil Van Dijk (£75m from Southampton).
It would also take their spending for this window to close to £100m after their initial purchase of Brazil midfielder Fabinho from Monaco.
Klopp would also like to sign Alisson Becker, the Roma goalkeeper who would cost a world record fee for a player in his position. If the Italian side, who have some financial issues to address, show a willingness to do business, Liverpool would move swiftly for the Brazil No 1 who is also coveted by Real Madrid.