Liverpool 'reignite interest in Lyon star Nabil Fekir'

David Wagner’s Schalke may not be coming to Anfield after all

David Wagner’s Schalke may not be coming to Anfield after all

Fekir ruptured his ligaments earlier in his career and it was reported that Liverpool had worries about the problem resurfacing due to the quality of the reparative surgery the player had to correct the issue.

Fekir scored 12 goals in 39 games for Lyon last season, captaining the French outfit to a 3rd place finish in Ligue 1.

Despite a deal falling through at the 11th hour last year on medical grounds, it would appear that Reds' boss Jürgen Klopp is considering make a cheeky bid for the 25-year-old now that last year's £53million valuation has plummeted.

This was then corroborated by CANAL+ and Eurosport's Romain Collet-Gaudin, who took to Twitter on Thursday morning to write that the Reds are "very interested" in Fekir.

They report that Jurgen Klopp is ready to go back in for Fekir but unwilling to spend as much as the 50 million euros (£44.5 million) they agreed for the midfielder last summer.

The popular line on Merseyside remains that Fekir is not a target this summer, but it will be interesting to see whether the story develops in the coming weeks.

And reports are claiming that Liverpool have made contact with Lyon over the possible transfer of Fekir during the summer transfer window.

That may be a somewhat optimistic price-tag considering the Lyon skipper has just 12 months remaining on his current contract.

Though certainly less reliable than Collet-Gaudin given he writes for La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Nicolo Schira has added that "Liverpool have offered Fekir a contract until 2024 [worth] €4 million at year".

But it is believed that the European Champions have no intention of paying anywhere near the fee that was agreed with Lyon last June.

And Le Progres claim the upcoming friendly between Lyon and Liverpool in the Swiss capital of Geneva on July 31 may be a part of any negotiations, perhaps as a sweetener for Lyon if they are pocketing the bulk of the revenue from the clash.