Liverpool agree deal to sign Lyon's Nabil Fekir

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Liverpool are pushing to get a deal done to sign Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir before he departs for the World Cup with France, Sky sources understand.

However Liverpool have made significant progress in their pursuit of the Ligue 1 side's captain, who is keen to join the Champions League finalists.

Fekir is on the verge of becoming Jürgen Klopp's second major transfer of the summer, with Anfield officials having agreed a deal worth an initial €55m to the French club plus €5m in bonuses.

Previous reports suggest that the Reds will pay around £60m for the midfielder.

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It seemed like a deal would not be agreed before the World Cup because Lyon were hoping that an impressive display in Russian Federation would inflate Fekir's price tag.

But Aulas has revealed that the transfer is not close and is unlikely to happen before the start of the World Cup next Thursday. The Lyon chief also added that he had not determined the price tag of the 24-year-old. Fekir is set to play for France on Saturday evening against the U.S., a game that will take place in Lyon's Stade des Lumieres.

Liverpool are looking to clinch the £60 million (€68m/$80m) signing of Nabil Fekir before he heads off to the World Cup with France. They have also registered interest in Xherdan Shaqiri, who is available for £12m-£13.5m after Stoke City's relegation from the Premier League.

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