Nabil Fekir is reportedly available for a cut-price £27million fee this summer as he enters the last year of his contract with Lyon…which club will take advantage of what could be a bargain buy?
In the early summer of 2018, Nabil Fekir was all set to follow Fabinho in leaving Ligue 1 for Liverpool. A fee of £54million had been agreed between the Reds and Lyon, likewise personal terms with the player, but then an issue was identified during Fekir’s medical.
Believed to be a knee problem – although it did not stop Fekir from winning a World Cup winner’s medal just a few weeks later – the matter was enough to scupper the move and the attacking midfielder remained with Lyon for another season.
However, his influence was considerably less than in the previous campaign and with Fekir believed to have decided his medium-term future lies away from his home city of Lyon, a £27million fee – half of last year’s amount – is said to be enough to engineer a deal with only one year left on the player’s contract.
Could Liverpool come back in at that price? Possibly, with less money at risk. But they won the Champions League and went very close to the English title without him, so the necessity to sign Fekir is nothing like as great for them as it was 12 months ago.
The Premier League is still a highly feasible destination, though, and with Arsenal not having huge riches to spend this summer, Fekir is a player within their price range and in a position where they need to strengthen.
Or what about Italy? AC Milan are scaling up their ambitions again and have been linked with Fekir – although, having been given a one-year suspension from European football after breaching FFP regulations, their appeal could be temporarily diminished.
Odds for Nabil Fekir’s club after the summer 2019 transfer window:
5/2 Liverpool (William Hill)
7/2 AC Milan (William Hill)
14/1 Lyon (Paddy Power)
16/1 Juventus (William Hill)
16/1 Paris Saint-Germain (William Hill)
17/1 Arsenal (Unibet)
20/1 Chelsea (Paddy Power)
20/1 Everton (William Hill)
20/1 Manchester City (William Hill)
20/1 Manchester United (William Hill)
25/1 Barcelona (Paddy Power)
25/1 Bayern Munich (Paddy Power)
25/1 Real Madrid (Paddy Power)
25/1 Tottenham Hotspur (Paddy Power)
33/1 Borussia Dortmund (Paddy Power)