Fekir to join Liverpool from Lyon

Nabil Fekir Liverpool Lyon transfer news

GETTYNabil Fekir to Liverpool Lyon are making plans regarding his replacement

The Nabil Fekir transfer saga appears to be drawing to a close as the Lyon attacking midfielder is now closer than ever to completing his move to Liverpool.

The France global is on the verge of a move to Anfield ahead of the World Cup.

Fekir is expected to leave his boyhood club this summer has reportedly told Lyon that he would prefer a move to Liverpool.

However, L'Equipe have offered Liverpool fans a boost before the worldwide tournament that kicks off next week, with the French outlet claiming that a deal is very close to being complete.

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas is notoriously hard to negotiate with but he's reportedly had a change of heart just days before the World Cup kicks off.

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However, speaking earlier on Thursday, Aulas said: "The [transfer] is at a standstill, there is no way forward".

Liverpool have already signed Fabinho from Monaco for £43.7m this summer, while Naby Keita is also arriving after a deal was agreed with RB Leipzig last summer. "(We) have not set a base price because we have not discussed this yet".

Les Bleus will take on the United States this weekend, in their final World Cup tune-up.

Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in the French worldwide - but Liverpool are now in the driving seat.

Jurgen Klopp is also weighing up whether to trigger Xherdan Shaqiri's £12m release clause following Stoke City's relegation from the Premier League.

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