Liverpool dealt blow in pursuit of Nabil Fekir

The playmaker has been heavily linked with a move to the Reds

Despite a positive campaign, Jurgen Klopp is keen to make new signings this summer in order to strengthen the squad for next season. Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner admitted that the manager will be given transfer funds to add reinforcements in the transfer window.

Lyon star Nabil Fekir has been closely linked with a move to the Anfield this summer after enjoying another productive season in France.

Fekir has spent his entire professional career at the French club and made his senior debut for them back in 2013. He has been an integral part of the team since then and has established himself as one of the best playmakers in the world.

The 24 year old has enjoyed a stellar campaign this season, scoring 23 goals and assisting 9 in 40 appearances in all competitions and helping the team to qualify for Champions League next season. His form has attracted attention from many clubs across the Europe including the Reds.

It has been reported that Jurgen Klopp has already convinced him to move to England and tipped to be the first signing for the club.

But the Premier League giants have dealt a blow in the pursuit of the France International as he claimed that he is not close to a move to them and will take some time to decide his future.

“I’m not close to a move to the Reds,” he told TF1’s Telefoot programme. “There are discussions with several clubs, but I will take time to think.”

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas also backed his words.

“For the moment, we’re not talking with Nabil,” he said. “He’s been the architect of a great season. Nabil has not indicated that he wants to leave or if he wants to play one more year with Champions League football.”

Fekir is likely to command a price tag in the region of €70 million if he decides to leave and is wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea too.

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