Nabil Fekir’s failed move to Liverpool last summer is perhaps football’s worst-kept secret, and the tale has yet another twist.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted that he has now agreed to allow the World Cup winner to complete a move away this summer.
“Thanks Nabil for bringing what he brought, we have an understanding to let him go,” he’s quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
This may come as welcome news for some Liverpool fans that still dream of the Frenchman making a move to Anfield, but I would suggest a err on the side of caution.
The Reds backed out of any deal for Fekir because of concerns over scans on his knee taken during his medical in Paris, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool viewed the Frenchman as too much of a risk to spend around £60million on, but in typical fashion the midfielder hasn’t suffered a long-term injury since.
Even so – Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff baulked at the transfer for a legitimate reason, and with the injury troubles we’ve had with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip this season, I can’t see that decision changing.
Let’s not forget the wages a player like Fekir would command – is he really worth it? With players like Hakim Ziyech and Memphis Depay potentially on the move, I don’t think so.