Lyon are willing to restructure a deal to sell Nabil Fekir to Liverpool this summer in what is a remarkable U-turn, according to the Mirror.
The newspaper claim the Ligue 1 club have already looked at ways to tweak the terms of the £53million transfer agreed last week that would reflect the concerns relating to the playmaker’s knee issues.
The Mirror report the “onus” is on Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to formulate a proposal that is agreeable to Liverpool and that it’s possible a deal can still be done.
This is a hugely encouraging update for the vast legions of Liverpool fans desperate for Fekir to be signed as the long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho. With the Mirror reporting that Fekir is still keen to move to Anfield, and manager Jurgen Klopp eager to sign him, it will need some re-negotiating from Lyon and Liverpool to get a deal back on track. The French club’s chief Aulas is renowned in his homeland as a kind of Euro Daniel Levy, who negotiates tough and won’t bend unless he absolutely has to. The club’s statement last Saturday, which was subsequently deleted, made clear the deal was collapsed and offered little hope it could be resurrected. That has now changed. For Fekir to get his dream move, it’s clear Aulas and his sidekicks will need to reduce the price for the player by at least a few million. Whether that is the base price, or the performance-related add-ons – or both – remains to be seen, but Liverpool want to reduce their risk for the 24-year-old after medical scans demonstrated the ligament effects of the knee surgery he underwent in 2015. The pragmatic approach for Lyon would be to meet Liverpool half-way.