Nabil Fekir To Liverpool Odds On The Drift As Interest Cools
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Liverpool’s chances of signing Nabil Fekir this summer are on the wane but Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas claims the French club are in discussions over the player’s future.
Liverpool came close to signing Fekir for €60million last summer, only for a knee injury to scupper the deal as the Frenchman failed to pass a medial.
With Jurgen Klopp a known admirer of the World Cup winner, Liverpool remain the bookmakers’ favorites to sign him, although William Hill have eased their price on the move.
He’s now 2/1 (+200) to move to Anfield in the current transfer window having been 7/4 (+175) at the beginning of the week, but that price could drift out further as Liverpool’s interest appears to have cooled.
That said, other major bookies such as Betfair and Unibet make the move much more likely at evens (+100) and 6/4 (+150) respectively.
One thing all sportsbooks can agree on, though, is that AC Milan are Liverpool’s only real challengers should they resurrect their interest in Fekir, who endured a disappointing season with Lyon last term.
The Italian side, who this week were thrown out of the Europa League by UEFA as punishment for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, are 5/2 (+250) across the board to sign Fekir.
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Next in the queue are Juventus and Manchester United, but both have been given long odds at respective prices of 14/1 (+1400) and 20/1 (+2000), but Lyon chief Aulas maintains the Ligue 1 side are in discussions with unnamed suitors.
“We are proud to have a world champion in our team. He has a release clause and his contract expires in one year,” he told RMC.
“One year ago his price-tag was €60million and this season the price can’t be the same. We are talking with other clubs but I won’t reveal the details.
“We are speaking with people who are not in a hurry to close the deal because they want to do things properly. We don’t need the money and if we don’t receive the right offer we can retain him”.
Meanwhile, all the news coming out of Lyon suggest the club and player are prepared to do part ways this summer, with outgoing boss Bruno Genesio essentially advising Fekir to move on.
"Nabil is coming to the end of a cycle in Lyon. He has experienced a lot of things here,” said Genesio
"I think that he needs a new challenge, to push his limits, and to be self-critical. Because we know, we always need a personal challenge in a career, and to ask questions of ourselves."