Liverpool have apparently been encouraged in their bid to lure Lyon attacking midfield sensation Nabil Fekir to Anfield after the player claimed he would be interested in a move overseas in the future, as per Sky Sports.
Fekir says he will not be leaving Lyon this summer and he plans to stay put and help the club fight for the Ligue 1 title next season, whilst also been forthcoming in his desire to play for a club outside the shores of France – which will be his next club.
The 22-year old has been linked to Liverpool, Arsenal and PSG after he became prominent last season forming a fearful partnership with another Liverpool target Alexander Lacazette in the French Ligue 1 last campaign. However, the latter emerged as top-scorer as Lyon posed a serious challenge for eventual winners PSG, and also qualified for the Champions League this coming season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side want Fekir – who is a central attacking midfielder – as he would perfectly replace club legend Steven Gerrard after the Englishman left for the MLS this at the end of the season.
Amid Liverpool’s interest, the French footballer who is reportedly valued around £25m told France football: “This season I have to back up what I have done.
“I have to do everything I can to continue progressing. There is also the Champions league. I want to give back to OL what the club has given me.
“To be frank, I would prefer an experience overseas after OL.”
Fekir made his debut for OL’s first team in August 2013 after having graduated through the youth ranks. He scored 13 goals and provided nine assists, the highest for any Lyon player last term.
Going by the 22-year old’s statement, it looks as though Liverpool have no chance of making him their eighth major acquisition this summer. But this is football and the transfer window is still open until September 1.