Manchester United have been tipped to make a move for France international midfielder Nabil Fekir, according to beIN Sports (via Manchester Evening News).
The Premier League side, who finished second in the English top-flight last term, have been linked with the Lyon star this summer following comments from the French club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas.
The 24-year-old, who has 14 international caps for his country, scored an impressive 23 goals and provided eight assists in 40 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit last season.
Fekir, who is a youth graduate of the club, has netted 57 times in 153 games overall for the French outfit.
The report suggests United could be about to make an offer for the attacking midfielder, following the player’s failed transfer to rivals Liverpool earlier this summer.
The Reds were confident of luring Fekir to Anfield ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, but talks ultimately broke down at the last minute, and speculation suggests the midfielder’s medical history also proved a problem.
Having featured against Peru and Australia for France at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia since, Lyon president Aulas has hinted that Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho could look to steal a march on Liverpool’s complications.
He told beIN Sports, “I was with Jose Mourinho the other day. We had long discussions.
“Personally, I am no longer in discussions with Liverpool. At the moment, we are waiting for France and Nabil to have a fantastic World Cup.
“It was expected at a certain point for him to go to Liverpool. I gave the green light. It did not happen because things were dragged out too long.”
United have so far signed defender Diogo Dalot for £19m (FC Porto) and midfielder Fred for £52m (Shakhtar Donetsk) this summer transfer window, and the potential arrival of Fekir would setback the Premier League giants a further £60m plus.
Written by Dan Church Follow @DJChurch94