Pearce says Fekir chase could be over


Liverpool may well have ended interest in signing Nabil Fekir.

That’s the view of respected Echo journalist James Pearce, who was answering questions as part of the paper’s online live blog, with queries coming from supporters.

And one fan asked him: “Is Jurgen looking for an alternative for Fekir or is he sticking with Fekir? Do you think Klopp could go into the new season having not signed an obvious Coutinho replacement?”

To which Pearce replied: “Liverpool insist they have moved on from Fekir but sources close to the player still believe a deal could be revived. His heart was set on Anfield and Lyon are clearly still keen to cash in.

“Having decided that £53million was too big a risk due to concerns over an old knee injury, I’d be surprised if Liverpool went back in for him.

“I still expect Klopp to sign a Coutinho replacement in this window but as we’ve seen with the left-back and the centre-back situations in recent years, if he can’t get exactly what he wants he’s prepared to wait.” he finished.

And Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas has tentatively indicated that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has shown an interest in his skipper.

“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 seems that Aulas is merely trying to get the best price for the France international and appears to be attempting to create an auction between any interested clubs.

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