At the beginning of May the French media got Liverpool fans into a state of excitement when it was claimed Nabil Fekir was close to an Anfield move, and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele was also of interest.

Dembele having a few great flashes as the Spanish season ended, along with Antoine Griezmann now not seeming entirely sure on joining Barcelona, may well have killed that track, but the Fekir path has remained open.

Speaking on Thursday evening to France’s RTL, Fekir was asked about a potential move to Liverpool, and replied: “Why not? Later there can be discussions with the president, with my entourage, to make a decision. In life, nothing can be forbidden.”

This sounds very much like the ‘we’ll see’ which Fekir gave a couple of weeks ago when quizzed on the same thing: “I read that I was already sent everywhere (smile). But as I said, I’m in Lyon, there are two games left and then we’ll see.”

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It would appear the Lyon star fancies a move this summer, and the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas is probably getting ready for talks with interested clubs. Given all the smoke, it would be no surprise if Liverpool are one of those clubs.

Fekir would be a great Coutinho replacement, in the sense of helping open up a defence when a team sits back.