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Chelsea re-linked with Liverpool target Nabil Fekir — report

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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!

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.

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.

Three days to go.