Liverpool agree deal to sign Lyon's Nabil Fekir

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Earlier this week, Fekir's agent Jean-Pierre Bernes insisted discussions between Lyon and Liverpool are ongoing.

Liverpool are confident of closing in on a transfer for Nabil Fekir, a source has told ESPN FC, despite Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas stating he was adamant no deal would be done before the World Cup.

BBC Sport have reported that the Reds are close to a deal worth £53 million, while Paul Joyce of the Times followed that up by revealing the breakdown would be £48.4m initially, with £4.4m in potential add-ons.

The 24-year-old is expected to finalise his mega-money switch on Friday afternoon once he has completed a medical at Clairefontaine, the France national team's training base.

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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Should Fekir arrive, it will mark Liverpool's second signing of the season following Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho who moved from Monaco for £43.7 million a week ago.

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.

'The deal is at a standstill.

Jurgen Klopp is also weighing up whether to trigger Xherdan Shaqiri's £12m release clause following Stoke City's relegation from the Premier League. "We haven't set a price tag because we haven't discussed this [Fekir's transfer] yet".