Reports emerging late on Thursday evening suggest a breakthrough has been made as Liverpool look to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon.
Talks have been ongoing, but a power play emerged from Lyon’s side, with president Jean-Michel Aulas hoping to lure other bidders into the reckoning.
Liverpool have remained determined to wrap up the deal before the World Cup gets underway and now it appears that they have been successful, with the deal set to be confirmed on Friday.
Position: Attacking midfield / forward
Reported fee: £48.4m plus £4.4m add-ons
First reported by: French media
Also reported by: Locals and nationals
BBC Sport have reported that the Reds are close to a deal worth £53 million, while Paul Joyce of the Times followed that up by revealing the breakdown would be £48.4m initially, with £4.4m in potential add-ons.
Joyce explained that Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards had worked extensively on the deal and a delegation from the Reds had been in France on Thursday.
French outlet L’Equipe claim a medical will be undertaken by Friday, with Melissa Reddy saying that the deal is expected to be confirmed on Friday.
Fekir is an extremely versatile attacking player capable of playing multiple roles across the front. The left-footed Frenchman has an eye for goal, scoring 23 times for Lyon last season, and is a threat from set-pieces.
A very exciting signing for the Reds.