Fekir to miss Chelsea friendly amid transfer talk

Mae Harvey
August 8, 2018

Chelsea win their final pre-season friendly of 2018-19 as Lyon are beaten penalties following a goalless 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

He said, speaking to Lyon's website, "As you can see, I am in Lyon".

Fekir scored 18 goals for Lyon last season and can operate as a central attacking midfielder, on the flanks and even as a false 9.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Alisson Becker following the goalkeeper's impressive debut. "I am very happy here", he said in quotes obtained via the Mirror. It was Liverpool who looked to be the front-runner in securing Fekir's services with a reported fee of £53 million.

'Ruben is still young, of course, but I think if we can have him in the team this season it's a plus for everyone, ' Hazard told the Evening Standard.

It is claimed that a move to Chelsea could be cooled because of the fact Fekir would only be playing Europa League football next season. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has recently indicated that the club may pursue one recruit before the transfer deadline and Fekir could preferably be the choice before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

Liverpool are set to start the new season with one of Sturridge, Shaqiri or Mané as their no.10 instead of Fekir but reports from France suggest there is still hope. I feel great in the group. I am very good here. We have very good players, there is a good atmosphere.

A successful campaign in Russian Federation with France has seen the 24-year-old's value skyrocket and it would now make much more sense to wait another 12 months to sign Fekir as the Reds did with Naby Keïta.

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