Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted that Manchester United are interested in Nabil Fekir.
The France international, who is currently on international duty in Russia for the World Cup, came very close to becoming a Liverpool player before the tournament kicked off.
But talks were ended right at the last minute after practically all the formalities of the transfer had been completed, with Fekir heading off to join his international team-mates.
It has been widely reported that Liverpool could reopen talks to bring the twenty-four year old to Anfield once France’s involvement in the World Cup is over.
But some media outlets have claimed that manager Jurgen Klopp has ended his pursuit of the playmaking midfielder and is looking at alternative targets as he seeks a successor for Philippe Coutinho.
Champions League winners Real Madrid have also been credited with an interest in signing the Lyon skipper, with Aulas indicating that they have been in touch over his availability, and now he is suggesting that United boss Jose Mourinho has lodged an interest.
“I was with Jose Mourinho the other day. We had long discussions.” the outspoken Aulas told beIN Sports.
“Personally, I am no longer in discussions with Liverpool.
“At the moment, we are waiting for France and Nabil to have a fantastic World Cup.
“It was expected at a certain point for him to go to Liverpool. I gave the green light.
“It did not happen because things were dragged out too long.” he finished.
It could well be yet another tactical ploy from the talkative president to try and secure the best price for his star player. Time will tell.