Lyon chairman Aulas hands Liverpool huge blow in Fekir pursuit

Liverpool transfer news Nabil Fekir has been tipped to head to Anfield

Liverpool are confident of closing in on a transfer for Nabil Fekir, a source has told ESPN FC, despite Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas stating he was adamant no deal would be done before the World Cup.

Liverpool are said to be eager to get a deal over the line before the tournament to avoid Fekir's price tag rising following France's campaign in Russian Federation. The Times' Paul Joyce says Lyon are set to receive an initial fee of £48.4m.

The Liverpool Echo add the Reds subsequently have staff on standby to carry out a medical in France.

However Liverpool have made significant progress in their pursuit of the Ligue 1 side's captain, who is keen to join the Champions League finalists.

Lyon ready to sell Nabil Fekir to Liverpool
That is the revelation made by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas following reports that the Reds were closing in on the playmaker. However, Fekir has never started a competitive match for France so is unlikely to be a key player at the 2018 World Cup.

Liverpool are looking to clinch the £60 million (€68m/$80m) signing of Nabil Fekir before he heads off to the World Cup with France.

RB Leipzig star Naby Keita was signed last summer but arrives for the 18/19 season.

A fourth transfer could soon be on the cards with reports claiming a £12m deal for Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri could be in the pipeline. The Swiss worldwide had confirmed earlier in the week that he meant to leave the club, and Jürgen Klopp is said to be interested in paying the clause - thought to be around £12m. It's been a few years since he demonstrates his quality.

Fekir scored 21 times for Lyon this season, including one in a Europa League victory against Everton at Goodison Park last October.

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