Rumours are intensifying that Nail Fekir is headed for Liverpool this summer.
Ever since the January departure of Philippe Coutinho, it's been in the back of fans' minds that they should invest in another creative midfielder. They didn't splash the cash over the winter but - in tandem with Naby Keita's arrival - the club might have their man.
In fact, it was widely speculated that Fekir was making his last appearance for Lyon in yesterday's game with Nice.
It was wildly important game for the club, too, with Champions League qualification on the line.
Alassane Plea gave Lyon some early nerves, firing Nice into the lead but Memphis Depay stole the show with a stunning hat-trick to give the home side all three points.
Fekir's possible last game for Lyon
A second goal from Plea wasn't enough to thwart Lyon.
It was also another impressive performance from Fekir who received a standing ovation from the home fans as he was substituted in the closing moments of the game.
And from the full-time whistle onwards, the events surrounding Fekir took a very interesting twist.
Deal "99 per cent" complete now
A clip of the Frenchman collapsing in tears on the touchline and being surrounded by his teammates quickly went viral on Twitter. Confirmation of his departure or just sheer happiness at Champions League qualification?
You would think the latter until Fekir gave supporters a round of prolonged applause, which many thought was indicative of a goodbye.
The French commentators on Canal+ even noted in reaction to his behaviour that his Liverpool move was supposedly "99 per cent" completed.
Take a look at the videos below and reaction below:
That's not all, though.
Intriguing post-match interview
Fekir's post-match interview was also of interest to Liverpool supporters. While he didn't exactly announce he was kissing goodbye to Lyon, it posed more questions than it gave answers.
The 24-year-old stated: "Farewell? Maybe. Frankly, I don’t know.
"I spent an exceptional season here with the player, the fans and the staff. It ended beautifully.
"You have to pass a course, it’s true. I think I gave everything in Lyon. Now it’s time to look into the future."
Food for thought.
There's a quiet belief at Anfield that the club are just a few signings away from entering Premier League title contention.
The captures of Keita, Fekir and possibly a new goalkeeper would certainly move them in the right direction.
For the moment, though, all attentions to turn to Saturday. Fekir might just have qualified for the Champions League but he could be inches away from signing for the potential winners.
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