Last summer Liverpool looked like they would sign Nabil Fekir.
Yet the Reds were unable to finalise a move to Anfield.
Instead of returning empty handed, they turned to Stoke City for Xherdan Shaqiri.
Although Jurgen Klopp’s squad have been in tremendous form this season, the Reds may again try to poach Fekir in January.
However, Liverpool aren’t alone this time as they have the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid to contend with.
According to Marca, Los Blancos are keen on signing the French international.
The 25-year-old’s current deal expires in 2020, and Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas reportedly wants to do business before his value drops or he has to leave for free.
Madrid are in the hunt for a playmaker who can share Luka Modric’s burden.
At 33, the Croatian isn’t the dynamic and commanding livewire he used to be.
Fekir possesses those traits as well as youth and flair.
Blessed with a thunderous left-foot, the Lyon star is a threat in the final third either when he’s shooting or helping a teammate.
Either through the middle or on the flanks, he is comfortable anywhere in attack.
Fekir is also renowned for his dribbling skills, beating opposition quite seamlessly.
Above all, he is a set piece specialist, capable of crafting something out of nothing.
Fekir was on target in September’s 2-1 win at Manchester City in the Champions League and netted in each of his final three matches of 2018 before the French winter break.
The 25-year-old hasn’t renewed his contract in the last three years, adding fuel to transfer rumours.
He is valued at about £53million but that figure would probably drop considerably in the summer as the end of his contract draws closer.
Shaqiri has proved to be a shrewd signing, but Liverpool still look light in attack specifically in their creativity against sides hard to break down. This is an issue that has been present since the departure of Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona.
Fekir is an attacker at heart, but capable of playing a little deeper and providing the killer ball to unlock defence, a quality that is always welcome at Liverpool.