Nabil Fekir: Chelsea vs Liverpool
With less than 48 hours remaining in the transfer window, one has to doubt whether Nabil Fekir will leave Lyon.
Fekir, who is now a French World Cup winner, was tipped to join Liverpool at the start of the summer.
Indeed, rumours have done the rounds that Liverpool agreed a five year deal with Fekir before that transfer imploded.
With time running out for Premier League clubs to sign players this summer, Fekir has now been linked with a move to Chelsea.
These Chelsea links are more substantial than some may have thought, following fresh quotes from Blues striker Olivier Giourd.
Agents Olivier Giroud & Eden Hazard
Giroud has told French outlet Foot Mercato the following about Fekir’s possible move to Chelsea:
I spoke to Fekir when we were together for France, when his move to Liverpool fell through.
We discussed Chelsea, I think even Eden said a couple of words to him. We would obviously welcome him, he is a super player.
Fekir racked up 24 goals and 9 assists across all competitions last season for Lyon.
It’s also worth noting that Fekir was sidelined for 6 weeks between February and April last season.
Olivier Giroud has confirmed that Eden Hazard and himself have had a chat with Nabil Fekir over a move to Chelsea…
But the papers led us all to believe that Hazard was desperate to leave for Real Madrid.
“He doesn’t care” they said… pic.twitter.com/kZ9aEHkNgU
— Uber Chelsea FC 🏆 (@UberCheIseaFC) August 7, 2018
Mateo Kovacic & Chelsea
On Wednesday morning the Times have also reported on Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic chase.
The broadsheet confirms that Real Madrid have offered “Chelsea the chance to sign Mateo Kovacic” on a season-long loan.
Chelsea also hope to sign Kovacic after he reiterated his determination to leave Real to play regularly. Real do not want to sell the midfielder because he is 24 and seen as a prospective successor to Luka Modric, his Croatian compatriot who is eight years older. A loan deal is therefore more likely.
Also see: Everton close in on Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma.