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.
The Liverpool Echo report that the two clubs have finally hashed out a deal for the Frenchman, with a medical expected to take place on Friday.
Fekir will be given permission to leave France's World Cup training base and could undergo his medical on Merseyside on Friday.
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.
"The [transfer] will certainly not close during the World Cup and I do not think there is any change before the World Cup".
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Despite this, Goal understands Liverpool believe a deal can be thrashed out before Fekir flies to Russian Federation with his national team this weekend.
'We haven't set a starting price because we haven't discussed that yet'.
Fekir will be the third new player to arrive at Anfield this summer, behind Monaco man Fabinho who was signed earlier this window, and RB Leipzig's Naby Keita, whose signature was acquired last summer. They have also registered interest in Xherdan Shaqiri, who is available for £12m-£13.5m after Stoke City's relegation from the Premier League.