Speculation linking Nabil Fekir to Liverpool could finally come to an end during the January transfer window.
The Frenchman has emerged as a primary target for Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga giants look to continue bolstering their ageing attacking ranks.
Fekir had looked certain to move to Anfield early on in the summer after the agreement of personal terms and a £53million transfer fee.
The Lyon skipper evidently went as far as conducting interviews with Liverpool’s media department in anticipation of his announcement.
His proposed switch was eventually scuppered when the Reds withdrew from negotiations due to concerns over an underlying knee problem detected in his medical. Despite suggestions of the club reviving a move upon Fekir’s return from the World Cup, little materialised as Liverpool opted not to pursue the deal further.
Fekir was recently watched by Bayern’s chief scout Laurent Bosser ahead of a potential January swoop for his services, according to German outlet Kicker.
Bayern find themselves in unfamiliar territory in Germany’s top flight, with Niko Kovač’s men sitting in fourth place and four points behind unbeaten leaders Borussia Dortmund.
A pursuit of Fekir, who is contracted at contracted at Lyon until 2020, would likely provide the clearest indication yet as to whether or not Liverpool remain interested in him. The likelihood being not.
Nonetheless, Jurgen Klopp himself may still be in the market for a central playmaker following the turn of the year having seen his side severely lack midfield creativity across the opening months of the season.
There is a glaring void to be filled by a technician capable of splitting the opposition midfield and defence, and granting the Reds’ frontmen the freedom to press high up the pitch without having to drop deep for the ball so often.