Lyon have told Liverpool that we have until the end of July to sign their skipper Nabil Fekir, setting a two-week deadline on his potential sale.
This is according to L’Equipe, whose report has been translated by Sports Witness.
As we already know, Liverpool had agreed a fee with Lyon, personal terms with Fekir and completed introductory club interviews for the player’s arrival before the World Cup, but an issue with the 24-year-old’s knee was revealed in the medical and we decided to pull out.
However, no other playmaker has been targeted and it appears Fekir is still Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice.
The report suggests Liverpool would still pay the same fee (£52.75m – according to BBC Sport), but that it would be delivered to Lyon throughout the duration of his proposed five-year contract, presumably in instalments with potentially reduced appearances due to knee issues factored in.
Mirror correspondent Dave Maddock has suggested Liverpool should get a no.10 and a keeper through the door over the next fortnight, and we hope he’s right.
Right, off to watch #LeTour. Should be quiet when I'm away…just the small matter of Liverpool signing a keeper and a no. 10, and Everton a centre half, someone for the left side and a striker. Hopefully in the next fortnight….!
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) July 17, 2018
If we finish the summer with Keita, Fabinho, Shaqiri, Alisson and Fekir through the door, with no major players leaving, it would potentially be one of the best transfer windows since the PL’s inception.