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Friday 17 August 2018

Reds close in on Lyon star Fekir

Nabil Fekir
Nabil Fekir

Liverpool are ready to build on their Champions League run by securing the services of Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir.

The club will step up the pursuit of the Frenchman after tomorrow's final in Kiev and are confident they can fend off competition for the exciting 24-year-old. Negotiations are to speed up from next week on an expected £60 million deal.

While Liverpool seek to demonstrate their improvement on the pitch by beating Real Madrid, completing the transfer of Fekir would show that they mean business off it. The Anfield recruitment team, led by sporting director Michael Edwards and the Fenway Sports Group president, Michael Gordon, are advanced in their planning for next season, eager to build on this campaign's success.

Liverpool still crave what is generally referred to around the club, even among the executives, as "No 19".

Liverpool's last league title, their 18th, was won in 1990, but there is a significant points gap to bridge to catch Manchester City.

Fekir would be seen as a direct replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January for £142 million - an attacking midfielder who can play in an advanced role or a midfield three in Jurgen Klopp's side.

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