One of the biggest transfer stories back in the January transfer window was the departure of Phillipe Coutinho (£3.05) to La Liga Champions Barcelona. One of the main reasons for the drawn out transfer was of course the agreement of the whopping £146 Million transfer fee. At the time it was felt like Jurgen Klopp has spent some of this windfall on Virgil Van Dijk (£1.69) earlier in the window but this still left well over fifty per cent of the fee available for the Reds to replace Coutinho. They were of course heavily linked with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez (£2.66) but it now appears as if Klopp has bided his time and identified his potential new number ten if the media is to be believed.
The man in question? Olympique Lyonnais, Nabil Fekir (£4.33). The 24 year old Frenchman has enjoyed a stunning season in Ligue 1. In 28 appearances he has amassed 17 goals and 7 assists from a deep lying forward position. This position has been instrumental in the number 18’s success this season for Lyon as it has meant the play has often gone through Fekir. His form has seen him mentioned as potentially making the French World Cup squad this summer.
But what has really marked him out to Klopp has been his imaginative spark. A quick look at statistics shows that he averages 3.1 successful dribbles per game which is more than Phillipe Coutinho has managed at Barcelona (2.3) this season. Furthermore a quick look on YouTube will show you that Fekir certainly isn’t shy of a free kick (just check out his strike against PSG) and it is this imagination to unlock stout defending that has caught Klopp’s attention since losing Phillipe Coutinho in the January transfer window.
The news was broken during Liverpool’s fixture with Chelsea last Sunday by the French media which saw journalists asking Klopp questions about Nabil Fekir and fellow Frenchman Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele (£3.11) immediately after the game. Whilst the Dembele rumours have gone very quiet the Fekir ones have been near the top of the media rankings every day this week. This has seen Fekir increase in price by a huge £0.74 a share over the last seven days alone.
Will Liverpool secure his capture early in the window or will the transfer drag on and on and will Fekir join to become one of the Fab Four?