Tearful Nabil Fekir hints at Lyon farewell amid rumours he’s primed to join Liverpool

The Frenchman appeared to wave goodbye to the home fans in the victory over Nice (Picture: Getty)A visibly upset Nabil Fekir appeared to bid farewell to Lyon on Saturday night before hinting that he could leave the club this summer amid growing links with Liverpool.

Reports in France emerged two weeks ago suggesting Liverpool were on the verge of completing a deal for France international Fekir, with one outlet now claiming the transfer is ‘99% done’.

Fekir started Lyon’s final game of the season – a thrilling 3-2 victory at home to Nice – and his reaction at full-time suggested his time as captain of the club may be coming to an end.

An emotional Fekir hit the turf as the final whistle blew, sobbing on the floor before being embraced by his teammates and manager.

He had been substituted just moments earlier to a standing ovation and gave a prolonged wave to the home fans, while Canal+’s commentator even spoke about his move to Liverpool as though it was a formality.

Unsurprisingly, Fekir was asked whether his reaction was a farewell to the Lyon faithful, to which he replied: ‘Farewell? Maybe. Frankly, I don’t know.

‘I spent an exceptional season here with the player, the fans and the staff. It ended beautifully.

Fekir is wanted by Liverpool as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barca (Getty)‘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.’

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas also changed his stance that Fekir would not be sold, saying after the game: ‘We wanted to see which competition we would be playing next season before discussing it.

‘I am someone who always respects my players’ wishes once they have brought what they have brought, like Corentin Tolisso and Alexandre Lacazette. We will discuss to see what Nabil wants.’

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Liverpool’s transfer deal for Nabil Fekir is ’99 per cent’ complete

Nabil Fekir is closing in on a switch to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are reportedly edging closer to a deal for Lyon sensation Nabil Fekir.

Fekir is Liverpool’s priority attacking target ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and it’s understood the forward is set to be Jurgen Klopp’s first signing of the summer transfer window.

The Frenchman was desperate to help secure Lyon’s place in next season’s Champions League before leaving and a 3-2 victory over Nice on Saturday night was enough to qualify.

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Fekir was coy when asked about his future ahead of the match but, according to French outlet Canal Plus, the striker’s move to Anfield is now ’90 per cent’ done.

It’s understood the France international will move to Merseyside for a fee of around £62million.

The Frenchman could cost Liverpool around £62m (Picture: Getty)Asked about the Liverpool rumours earlier this week, Fekir told France Football: ‘I do not think about this at all.

‘As I said before, my only priority is to win this match against Nice. ‘I am only thinking about this. After the match, we’ll see.’

Bruno Genesio’s side secured the final Champions League qualifying spot in Ligue 1 (Picture: Getty)Lyon boss Bruno Genesio hinted that Fekir could be one of many players to leave the club in the coming months.

‘We have to put aside everything related to emotion. For some, this may be the last game,’ he said before the victory over Nice.

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‘It must give (those players) even more strength because you have to say: ‘(I will) leave by qualifying this team in the Champions League’.

‘There is also the World Cup. The very great players are able to ignore all this. I think Nabil will play a big match on Saturday.’

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Juventus hope to confirm Emre Can signing from Liverpool after Champions League final

Emre Can looks set to leave Liverpool this summer (Picture: EPA)Juventus hope to announce the arrival of Emre Can after Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

That is according to Juventus Beppe Marotta who was speaking on the future of the Liverpool midfielder on Saturday.

Can’s contract with Liverpool expires this summer and the Reds have been frustrated in their attempts to tie him down to a new deal.

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Juventus have been in talks with Can since January and the Germany international’s move has now been virtually confirmed by Marotta.

He said:’In the past year, there is great optimism regarding Emre Can. We hope to confirm his signing after the Champions League finale.’

Liverpool and Can have been unable to come terms over his wages, with the 24-year-old reportedly demanding around £100,000 a week, almost double what Can currently earns.

Can has been struggling with a back injury (Picture: Getty)

But traveled to Marbella with the squad this week (Picture: EPA)Real await Liverpool in the Champions League final and Can is still hoping to be fit for the showdown.

Can has not played since March due to a back injury, but did fly to Marbella with the rest of the Liverpool for a warm weather training camp.

The midfielder will be assessed in Spain before a decision is made about whether he can play against Real.

Liverpool are the underdogs against Real, as the La Liga champions are going for their third Champions League title in a row.

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Lyon manager hints Nabil Fekir is set for Liverpool transfer move

Nabil Fekir is set to join Liverpool in the summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has dropped a hint that Nabil Fekir is set to play his final match for the club this weekend.

Fekir has scored 57 goals in 153 games since breaking into Lyon’s first-team back in 2013 but the 24-year-old is set for a big-money transfer move to Liverpool this summer.

Reports suggest the Reds have already wrapped up a £62million deal for Fekir and it’s understood the France forward has agreed a five-year contract with the Merseyside outfit.

However, ahead of the summer transfer window, Lyon have an all-important clash with Nice, with the side hoping to secure the final Champions League qualification spot in Ligue 1.

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Lyon boss Genesio has urged Fekir – and any other players set to move on from the club – to give their all before leaving.

‘We have to put aside everything related to emotion. For some, this may be the last game,’ Genesio told olweb.fr.

Bruno Genesio’s side are desperate to qualify for next season’s Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘It must give (those players) even more strength because you have to say: ‘(I will) leave by qualifying this team in the Champions League’.

‘There is also the World Cup. The very great players are able to ignore all this. I think Nabil will play a big match on Saturday.’

Fekir insists that he was fully focused on the clash with Nice amid the intense speculation linking him with Liverpool.

‘I do not think about this at all,’ he told France Football earlier this week.

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‘As I said before, my only priority is to win this match against Nice.

‘I am only thinking about this. After the match, we’ll see.’

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Ruben Neves refuses to put career at risk with transfer to Liverpool or Manchester United

Ruben Neves is attracting interest from big Premier League clubs (Picture: Getty)Ruben Neves has insisted it is not the right time in his career to move club.

The Wolves star has been linked with a switch to Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks after helping his side gain promotion to the Premier League.

Neves was a massive investment for Wolves at over £15million last summer, a Championship transfer record, and his performances have already peaked the interest of bigger clubs.

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But the 21-year-old believes he is right to stay at Wolves and does not want to rush his development.

He said: ‘Right now it’s not good for me to risk a way out. I feel very good at Wolverhampton, I have no reason to leave because I’m going to play in the best league in the world.

‘The fans already know me, the club too, and everyone knows what I can do.

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‘I had a great year and I love playing in Wolverhampton, so I have no interest in going out, because it’s the best for me and for my future.’

Neves is considered one of the brightest young stars in Portugal, but missed out on a spot in his country’s World Cup squad.

The news will be a blow to Neves who was involved in Portugal’s recent friendlies, but he has been given some advice by a Portugal legend, Deco.

Neves cost Wolves over £15million (Picture: PA)He told Sky Sports: ‘He’s doing his career step by step. Normally when a player is doing well, everybody says he needs to change to a big club, but I think he’s doing his job. He needs to wait, he’s young.

‘He did well in the Championship when people maybe believed that would not be possible. If I was him I would just relax now and enjoy the Premier League.’

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Jurgen Klopp considering former Liverpool coach as replacement for Zeljko Buvac

Pepijn Lijnders, who left Liverpool in January, could make a swift return (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp is ready to bring former Liverpool coach Pepijn Lijnders back to Anfield following the shock departure of Zeljko Buvac last month, according to reports.

The Serbian coach, who has been alongside Klopp since they were at Mainz 17 years ago, left the club just days before the Reds’ Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma.

Buvac is believed to have wanted to become a manager in his own right and was linked with both the Arsenal job and a return to Germany with Frankfurt.

Lijnders, centre, is well liked by Klopp and the Liverpool backroom team (Picture: Getty)However, the Gunners now look set to appoint Mikel Arteta as their successor to Arsene Wenger, while Young Boys coach Adi Hutter is the favourite to land the Frankfurt job.

That leaves Buvac in limbo, and the Daily Mail report that, although he is still currently employed by the club, Liverpool are preparing to reshape their backroom team without Buvac in it.

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Instead, Klopp is giving serious consideration to inviting Lijnders back to Liverpool, with the coach having left Merseyside in January to take charge of NEC Nijmegen.

After failing to win promotion from the Dutch second division, however, the former Academy coach has now left the club.

Lijnders left NEC Nijmegen at the end of the season after missing out on promotion (Getty)Klopp has remained in contact with Lijnders and the pair had a strong relationship, and Liverpool are considering the possibility of having him fill the void left by Buvac.

While Klopp has already given some thought to the makeup of his backroom team, he will not make any appointments until after the Champions League final a week on Saturday.

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool rival Manchester City in race to sign Jorginho from Napoli

Jorginho is wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. (Getty Images)Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are competing with Manchester City to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

The 26-year-old, who is valued at £60 million, is one of Europe’s most in-demand midfielders following his impressive season in Serie A.

Jorginho is one of Pep Guardiola’s top targets for the summer transfer window and City are understood to be confident of winning the race for the Italy international.

But the midfielder’s representative has confirmed that City face competition from three other Premier League sides, even though Arsenal have yet to appoint Arsene Wenger’s successor, while Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain.

‘I’m in Brazil, nobody called me from Naples, but English teams have called me, Liverpool, Manchester City, but also Arsenal and Chelsea,’ Joao Santos told Italian station Radio CRC.

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‘It depends on Napoli and sports director Giuntoli.

‘Of course it is not difficult to find agreements with teams like these.

‘I don’t know if Maurizio Sarri’s possible exit would speed up Jorginho’s transfer, for Napoli it will be positive to capitalise on the offers then we will talk.

‘I don’t know if Jorginho’s future depends on Sarri’s future.’

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Liverpool already planning Champions League victory parade

The Merseysiders take on Real Madrid on Saturday May 26 in Kiev (Picture: Getty)Plans are already being put in place for a victory parade for Liverpool should they beat Spanish giants Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League at the end of the month.

The Merseysiders travel to Kiev on Saturday May 26 as they look to deny Zinedine Zidane’s side a third consecutive European crown, and will return to Liverpool the day after.

Should they emerge victorious in the Ukrainian capital, the team will take an open-top coach along Liverpool’s waterside before finishing near to Liverpool’s Olympia concert hall.

Liverpool are currently at a training camp in Marbella ahead of the final (Picture: Getty)Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson explained: ‘Regardless of whether you are a Red, Blue or not a football fan at all, an event like this has a hugely positive impact and will once again shine the international spotlight on the city.

‘We are all tremendously proud of LFC’s achievement and you can already feel the buzz around the city ahead of the final.

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‘The club requested the parade takes place on the Sunday, and even though it’s already a busy day for the city, we want to make sure we are ready to give them the heroes’ welcome they deserve should they win.

There are several other events in Liverpool on Sunday May 27 so the club are keen to get plans in place now (Picture: Getty)‘I understand there will be disappointment for those fans who are unable to get back from Kiev in time, but it was a similar situation in 2005 and we have to be guided by the club in terms of the date and time.

‘We’re keeping everything crossed for the final and hope the team and the fans do Liverpool proud in Kiev as they have throughout the competition.’

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Nabil Fekir fuels Liverpool transfer rumours ahead of crucial Lyon clash

Liverpool have reportedly completed a deal for Nabil Fekir (Picture: Getty)Nabil Fekir has refused to rule out an imminent move away from Lyon ahead of the club’s final match of the season.

The 24-year-old forward has scored 57 goals in 153 games since breaking into Lyon’s first-team back in 2013 but is expected to join Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Reports suggest the Reds have wrapped up a £62million deal for Fekir and the Frenchman is understood to have agreed a five-year contract with the Merseyside giants.

It’s claimed former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has been at the heart of negotiations, having become an adviser to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

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Fekir was asked if he could be set to play his final match for Lyon this weekend, with the club preparing for a crucial Ligue 1 clash against Nice.

‘I do not think about this at all,’ he told France Football.

Nabil Fekir’s Lyon are battling to qualify for next season’s Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘As I said before, my only priority is to win this match against Nice.

‘I am only thinking about this. After the match, we’ll see.’

John Henry has promised to invest in Liverpool’s squad this summer (Picture: Getty)Liverpool owner John Henry has vowed to invest in Jurgen Klopp’s squad this summer amid growing links with the likes of Fekir and Ousmane Dembele.

[Fans] will never stop worrying about who’s coming, who’s potentially coming, who’s going,’ he told the BBC.

‘What I can say is, we realise that any team who goes deep in the Champions League and the Premier League has a difficult time in the Premier League.

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‘You have to focus your attention where you can and try to keep your players healthy playing twice a week often. But we’re looking forward to next season as well.’

Asked if Liverpool will spend significant money on reinforcements this summer, Henry added: ‘We always invest in the squad every summer.’

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What TV channel is the Champions League final on? Live stream, date, time and odds for Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Liverpool have romped into the Champions League final (Picture: AP Photo/Dave Thompson)Liverpool fans still have over a week to wait till the biggest game of their season as they meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

After a thrilling run through the competition, the Reds now head to Kiev to take on the Spanish superstars in what could be a classic final.

A lucky few will be in Ukraine watching the match live, but for the rest of us who are staying at home, we will have to find ourselves a television screen.

Here is where will be showing the game and everything else you need to know…

Will Cristiano Ronaldo be celebrating in a Champions League final yet again? (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)When is the Champions league final?

The final will be held on Saturday 26 May 2018 with kick off at 7.45pm BST.

It will be held at  the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.

How to watch the final

BT Sport will be providing coverage of the final but they not yet released full details of the schedule.

There will be a live stream available for BT Sport customers who can watch the match through the BT Sport Player or on BTSport.com.

Can Jurgen Klopp create history? (Picture : AFP/Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Real Madrid 11/10

Liverpool 9/5

Draw 13/5

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