Nabil Fekir

Chelsea battle Bayern Munich for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir

As per a report from France Football, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are the two ‘most interested parties’ in the signature of Lyon star Nabil Fekir.

Fekir’s star continues to rise

Fekir, a versatile attacker/midfielder who can play anywhere across the frontline or in an attacking midfield role. He first broke into the first-team ranks of Lyon in 2013, having come up through the club’s youth system.

And the gifted Frenchman has since gone on to establish himself as both the standout performer and captain for OL, with his performances last season in particular having caught the eye of a number of European heavyweights.

All told, Fekir racked up an impressive 23 goals and 8 assists across all competitions.

Liverpool switch collapses

In the end, following a lengthy saga, it looked for all intents and purposes as though the 25-year-old was set to secure a summer move to the Premier League, with Liverpool the proposed destination.

In fact, photos even emerged of an apparent interview carried out between the Frenchman and LFC TV back in June.

However, much to the dismay of Liverpool’s fans, the Reds’ move for Fekir eventually collapsed. An apparent last-minute ‘transfer fee change’ saw Lyon pull the plug on negotiations with the board at Anfield.

As a result, Fekir has since remained at the Groupama Stadium.

Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir scores from the penalty spot during the Europa League Group E match between Everton FC and Olympique Lyon

Chelsea interest

Nevertheless, though, the rumours surrounding the World Cup winner’s future have persisted over the months since.

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have been the club most persistently-touted as a potential next destination for Fekir, with a report from France Football this afternoon having confirmed that the Bavarians remain interested in securing his signature either next month or next summer.

However, the report also adds that Bayern face serious competition for Fekir, from Premier League outfit Chelsea.

The Blues are said to be closely monitoring the French attacker’s situation at the Groupama Stadium, with Maurizio Sarri eager to alleviate some of the creative burden on the shoulders of Eden Hazard.

Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Cardiff City

Chelsea representatives were even said to have been present at the Etihad for Lyon’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Manchester City back in September, to watch Fekir in action.

Finally, FF add that Lyon are unlikely to demand a fee as high as the 60 million Euro summer asking price on their talisman’s head.

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