According to a BREAKING report by France Football, Chelsea are “accelerating” their chase of Lyon’s Nabil Fekir. Does it mean we’ve agreed personal terms with player? No. With the club? Most certainly not. Have we even made a firm offer? Oh, don’t be daft. That’s not how we do things around here. Basically, we’re intensely monitoring the target like he has never been monitored before!
Chelsea are "accelerating" for Nabil Fékir, according to France Football - full story https://t.co/UaEha67Nx1— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 6, 2018
Although Chelsea have not made a firm offer for the player yet, the hours are ticking for Premier League sides to perfect their squads ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
-source: France Football via GFFN
Before the World Cup, Fekir looked all but set to move to Liverpool. However, some last minute negotiations by the Reds led to OL president Jean-Michel Aulas pulling the plug on the deal, as well as releasing an official statement about the same.
Even if Chelsea were interested and there is some fire behind all this “breaking” smoke, considering how Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool was set to be around £65m, it’s hard to believe that the Blues would just roll over and pay that big an amount for a player with dodgy knees.
Liverpool had concerns about the quality of the reconstruction of Nabil Fékir's knee after his ACL injury in 2015, and used his medical results to attempt to renegotiate a deal with Lyon, according to tomorrow's L'Équipe.— Get French Football (@GFFN) June 9, 2018
As reported before, Fekir first injured the knee on his debut for France back in 2015, rupturing as many as three ligaments in his right knee and being sent out of action for more than 200 days. Since then the French midfielder has had two more knee-related injuries, both putting him out for around a month each. It’s a huge risk investing that much money on a player with such an injury history, especially considering the physical nature of the Premier League.
Unfortunately, when we mix the fact that OL’s president Aulas is one of the toughest negotiators in football with Chelsea’s penchant for not wanting to spend beyond the minimum requirement, this could just be an immovable object meets an immovable object situation. However, crazier things have happened in football and who knows what the
future silly season beholds.
Breaking | Nabil Fékir to OL TV on his future: "Who knows what will happen in the future but I am very happy at Lyon. I feel brilliant in this squad." More follows.— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 6, 2018
Nabil Fékir discusses his future in an interview with OL TV: “The transfer window is still long & everything goes very quickly in football.” https://t.co/9ZEnM2DzgJ— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 6, 2018
Three days to go.