Nabil Fekir insists he isn’t close to joining Jurgen Klopp’s men in Liverpool, and he still has a number of offers to consider this summer.
Speaking to French outlet Telefoot, Fekir denied recent reports suggesting he’s on the move to Merseyside.
“I’m not close to a move to the Reds (Liverpool),” he said. “There are discussions with several clubs, but I will take time to think.”
These comments fit with what Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed earlier in the week.
“For the moment, we’re not talking with Nabil,” he said. “Nabil has not indicated that he wants to leave or if he wants to play one more year with Champions League football.”
Shortly after the comments, Liverpool announced the signing of Fabinho from AS Monaco. It’s possible they’ll end up going for both players, but they must’ve used a fair chunk of their budget already on the recent signings of Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Naby Keita.
There’s a window of opportunity for Arsenal to get back into the race instead. Rumours in March suggested the club wanted to sign Fekir this summer, and were hoping to get a deal done before the World Cup.
We already know Fekir has an interest in Arsenal. In December, he named the club as one of six he’d want to go to after Lyon. Liverpool didn’t make the list.
Even earlier, in 2015, Fekir’s father said that if his son left Lyon, it would be for Arsenal, as they were the “only club that can enable him to progress”. It’s hard to know if that’s different now that Arsene Wenger is gone. Either way, it seems like the Gunners have a decent chance, if they want to try and take it.
Fekir scored 23 goals and assisted eight in 40 appearances this season, playing mostly as an attacking midfielder.