Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool hopes fade as Lyon play dirty over Fekir

Liverpool’s hopes of signing Nabil Fekir are on the wane amid claims Lyon are ready to drive up his price, while Arsenal could make a transfer splash for a highly-rated Portugal winger, according to Friday’s European papers.


Liverpool’s hopes of signing Nabil Fekir this summer have taken a nosedive after reports in France claimed Lyon were looking to drive up the price of the in-demand playmaker.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has made the capture of Fekir one of his major transfer targets this summer as Liverpool look to build on an impressive campaign that saw them reach the Champions League final.

A deal for Fekir looked to be on the cards with a fee of €60million being mooted, but L’Equipe claims both Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have both expressed an interest in the France star in recent days – and it all spells bad news for Liverpool.

According to the French paper, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is set to tell Liverpool bidding for Fekir will now start at the €75million mark – with interest from both Atleti and Bayern likely to spark a potential bidding war.

It’s also claimed hat Aulas is looking to hang on to Fekir until after the World Cup is concluded in case his man plays a starring role for France in Russia 2018.

Whether Lyon’s actions will be enough to put Liverpool and Klopp off remains to be seen, but the club’s owners will be wary about spending over the odds to land a transfer target they believed had already been close to signing.


Juventus will offer Manchester United target Alex Sandro a huge new deal to 2023 in a bid to cement his future to the club (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan will sell Andre Silva to Monaco for €32m, scuppering Wolves’ hopes of landing the Portugal striker (Corriere della Sera)

Besiktas have not taken up their £18.5m (€21m) option to sign Talisca, which expired on Thursday – leaving Liverpool and Wolves as sole suitors for the Brazilian (Record)

Napoli are ready to pay the €32million release clause in Fabian Ruiz’s Celta Vigo contract after identifying him as their No 1 choice to replace Man City-bound Jorginho this summer. Ruiz has also been tipped to join Man Utd and Barcelona (Calciomercato)

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao admits he is flattered to be linked with a move to AC Milan this summer (Premium Sport)

Ajax winger Justin Kluivert has agreed personal terms on a £25million transfer to Roma, ending Man Utd and Everton’s chances of signing him this summer (Gianluca di Marzio)

Juventus have launched an official opening bid of €80m (£70m) to Lazio for Man Utd target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Lazio will attempt to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes should the in-demand Milinkovic-Savic depart this summer (Mundo Deportivo)

Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba he will stay at Manchester United this summer and will not be allowed to re-join former club Juventus (Calciomercato)

Arsenal have offered Bayern Munich a club-record £60million for star midfielder Corentin Tolisso (Calcio Insider)

Alisson’s agent has shot down claims that the goalkeeper has all-but agreed an £80million deal to join Real Madrid this summer (ForzaRoma)

Sporting Lisbon have rejected Napoli’s offer of €18m plus add-ons for goalkeeper Rui Patricio (A Bola)

Atletico Madrid are very close to making Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe their first signing of the summer (Marca)

Jurgen Klopp will try and persuade Liverpool to part with an estimated £100m required to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona this summer (Mundo Deportivo)

The agent of Sassuolo star Matteo Politano has confirmed AC Milan are keen to sign his client this summer (Calciomercato)

Jose Mourinho has reportedly identified Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo as a possible target should efforts to bring Diogo Dalot to the club fall short (Tuttosport)

Matteo Darmian will undergo a medical with Juventus on Friday with a potenial €15m deal being sealed this weekend (Corriere dello Sport)

Napoli are keen on a deal for out-of-favour Barcelona defender Aleix Vidal this summer (Mundo Deportivo)

Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Gonzalo Higuain in a swap deal that would see Alvaro Morata return to Juventus

Federico Chiesa’s father, Enrico, has denied claims his son will leave Fiorentina and sign for either Inter Milan or Napoli this summer (Calciomercato)

Inter defender Milan Skriniar has all-but guaranteed both he and Mauro Icardi will still be at the club next season (Premium Sport)

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