Nabil Fekir’s imminent switch to Anfield was jeopardized, after reports claimed he hadn’t cleared his medical.
The French FA President’s comments were music to the ears of the Liverpool faithful.”He’s in the middle of negotiations and I think it’s done,” Le Graet said. “I spent 15 minutes with him this morning [Saturday], and he’s worried by the France team. He’s in good spirits.”
He also went on to reveal that Nabil Fekir had passed a medical at ‘Fernand Sastre National Technical Centre’, which is commonly referred to as Clairefontaine.
Liverpool have been off the blocks in a flash in this transfer window, signing Monaco utility man Fabinho alongside Naby Keita, whose deal was agreed upon last season. Now, it looks as if they have got their man at £60m, as reported by Goal.Com. The Lyon star has been enjoying the form of his life, scoring 23 while setting up 8 more for his teammates last season.
Earlier, Lyon had released a statement denying any reports saying the move had been finalized. Jean-Michel Aulas, the Lyon President, isn’t new to this game and had made similar comments regarding Alexandre Lacazette’s switch to Arsenal, only for the striker to join to Gunners not long after. Reports in France suggested the delay may be down to Lyon’s accountancy practices and them wanting to conclude the deal in the new financial year.
Fekir’s signing shows the intent of Liverpool and the extent of its owners’ backing of the manager. It also signals a change in the transfer policy by the Fenway Sports Group. The Reds have looked for midfielders, the likes of Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, who didn’t seem to have a concrete style and fit in different positions and systems.
Nabil Fekir’s ability to unlock defences will be key to Liverpool who struggled to break down teams who sat deep. The combination of Salah, Mane, Firmino and Fekir is sure to give nightmares to Premier League defences, and allow Liverpool to possibly push the Manchester clubs for the title.