Liverpool appear to be in the driving seat for Lyon’s excellent attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir — that tends to happen when you’re a Champions League finalist playing a popular style of football — but for now, both the player and his current club’s management have denied any sort of agreements or concrete plans.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been linked recently as well, alongside plenty of other potentially interested teams without a doubt. If Fekir is on the move this summer, most of Europe’s big boys should be paying attention, after all.
But as far as everyone’s concerned, nothing’s going to happen until the season’s over ... and then there’s the World Cup to contend with, too, so who knows when anything might get done.
“I read that I was already sent everywhere (smile). But as I said, I’m in Lyon, there are two games left and then we’ll see. Anyway, I can guarantee you, for now, there is nothing. The president trusts me and I am very good at Lyon.”
Apparently that trust is so great that Fekir can also openly speak of being able to discuss his future any time he wants, and while he points out that he’s contracted for two more years (an ideal time to sell!), it’s hard not to look at this as a hint of some sort.
“As with each player when he signs a contract, the president had told me we would discuss the day I would like to leave.”
“There is not a player who says, ‘I’m going to sign for life in a club.’ It’s not like that in this environment. But I do not have any agreement to leave at the end of the season. I’m contracted until June 2020.”
-Nabil Fekir; source: L’Equipe via Sport Witness
As with the recent Jorginho rumor, the standard price for anybody good is around €50-60m these days, and Lyon will want to ensure they get as much as possible for their 24-year-old homegrown star.