Rumours surrounding Nabil Fekir's possible move to Liverpool have gone into overdrive this weekend.
The Reds have already secured the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho this summer and it seems the club have their eyes set on a creative midfielder to fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho.
Since the Brazilian's departure for Barcelona in January, the club has lacked a certain edge behind the attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah despite maintaining solid form.
It's believed that a few extra signings could help Liverpool stage another Champions League run next season and even start closing the gap to Manchester City domestically.
And while several names have been linked with an Anfield switch in recent weeks, Fekir has always been the leading contender to complete Liverpool's midfield revamp.
Fekir medical rumours proven false
That was certainly considered the case when reports emerged on Saturday night that the Lyon player was on his way for a medical at Melwood.
A journalist for Canal+ excited Kopites with the apparent news that Fekir was flying to Merseyside in a bid to wrap up a transfer before the World Cup.
Since then, those rumours have been proven false and extra information has been exposed by the British press since.
What Fekir has told Lyon
Mirror journalist David Maddock waded into the situation on Sunday afternoon, too, confirming that Fekir did not travel to Liverpool over the weekend.
However, he did have some positive updates for Kopites who may have been disappointed by the medical revelation.
He confirmed that, despite a deal being far from imminent, Fekir had told Lyon that he wants to leave and that Liverpool is his destination of choice. It's even defiantly stated that: 'Fekir will leave and wants @LFC'
Check out his tweet below:
As you can see, though, there are a few catches.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is doing his best to complicate matters by preferring a deal to be made after the World Cup, in the hope Fekir's transfer value will rise.
After all, if Fekir enjoys an impressive tournament in Russia, Liverpool may be required to increase their offer and the Reds could even face newfound competition from rival clubs.
Nevertheless, Maddock seems very confident that Fekir has his eyes set on Liverpool and he seems more enthusiastic about cutting a deal soon.
So, although there was no medical this weekend, Liverpool fans can still feel quietly confident.
It simply depends on whether negotiations can finish, before the World Cup starts.
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