Liverpool, Real Madrid wrestle for World Cup winner

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Nabil Fekir
Nabil Fekir

Last summer, Liverpool were solo in the market pursuing Lyon skipper, Nabil Fekir.

Yet the Reds were unable to get him to move to Anfield.

Instead of returning empty, they turned to Stoke City for Xherdan Shaqiri.

Although Jurgen Klopp squad have been in tremendous form this season, the Reds may again try to poach Fekir in January.

However, Liverpool isn’t alone this time as they have the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid to contend with.

According to Marca, Los Blancos are desperate to sign 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 is in the hunt for a playmaker who can share Luka Modric’s burden.

At 33, the Croatian isn’t that dynamic and commanding livewire he used to be.

Fekir posses 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 flanks, he is adept to 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.

He is valued at about £53m but that figure would drop considerably in the summer.