Liverpool intensify efforts to clinch Nabil Fekir transfer before World Cup with Shaqiri and Simon also considered

The Reds would prefer to conclude at least one major deal before the finals begin in Russia next week

Liverpool intensify efforts to clinch Nabil Fekir transfer before World Cup with Shaqiri and Simon also considered

The Reds would prefer to conclude at least one major deal before the finals begin in Russia next week

07 June 2018 Thursday 12:33
Liverpool intensify efforts to clinch Nabil Fekir transfer before World Cup with Shaqiri and Simon also considered

Liverpool are facing a race against time as they look to conclude further major transfer business before the World Cup.

The Reds would prefer to conclude at least one major deal before the finals begin in Russia next week, having already snapped up Fabinho from Monaco to join the incoming Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

Jurgen Klopp wants to make £60million-rated Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir his next major signing with the player having been scouted extensively during the past season.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas wants the highest price possible for the 24-year-old and would ideally oversee an auction for the player, with Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid monitoring the situation.

However, the player's widely-reported desire for a move to Liverpool mean Aulas, a renowned tough negotiator, has now softened his stance.

Indeed, this week he hinted at planning for the future with a possible move for Paris Saint-Germain's Hatem Ben Arfa – who plays in the same position as Fekir – while reports in France suggesting Aulas also has great faith in the progress of Lyon teenager Houssem Aouar.

Fekir will be part of the France squad that heads out to Russia for the World Cup after Saturday's final friendly against the United States.

With any transfer negotiations likely to be put on hold until after finals, it leaves Liverpool little time to conclude a deal beforehand.

Klopp wants to bring in further reinforcements in attack with Xherdan Shaqiri among several other players on Liverpool's radar, along with Gent's Nigeria international Moses Simon.

Shaqiri has a release clause in his contract following Stoke City's relegation which will be triggered by a bid of around £12m-£13.5m Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton are known to also be interested, with Leicester City and Everton assessing their options

Like Fekir, Shaqiri will shortly travel to Russia for the World Cup with Switzerland, during which transfer discussion are again almost certain to be paused.

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