Nabil Fekir has looked set for a summer move to Liverpool, but fresh reports suggest that Chelsea could yet step in and make a late move for the highly-rated Lyon forward.
The 24-year-old notched 21 goals in 38 appearances for Lyon in the 2017/2018 season, which prompted links to the two aforementioned clubs as well as Arsenal.
However, a move to the capital was seemingly ruled out on Thursday night when it was reported that the France international had agreed terms with the Reds and was set to be officially unveiled on Friday.
Although that claim was strongly refuted by the Ligue 1 outfit.
A statement on their official website read: “Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media about the transfer of Nabil Fekir to Liverpool.
“In this period of transfers where the slightest rumour is often presented as a reality, Olympique Lyonnais reminds that only the information disseminated by the club on its website is authentic.”
Now it is being reported that the Merseyside giants are stalling on a deal for Fekir.
According to the Guardian, they had hoped to announce the 24-year-old’s signing on Friday afternoon having reached an agreement with Lyon over the terms of his transfer – despite the contrary, – but the deal has put on hold due to concerns over the France international’s fitness.
Fekir ruptured a cruciate ligament in September 2015 that caused him to miss the majority of the 2015-16 campaign and missed several weeks of the 2017/2018 with a knee problem.
Whether the attacking midfielder completes a move to Anfield before or after this summer’s World Cup remains to be seen, but this delay might just leave the door open for the west London outfit to make a late move and hi-jack the deal.
Changes Made To The Carabao Cup Format
The powers to be have decided that the Carabao Cup, or League Cup, as we know it needed something of a shake-up.
The much-maligned competition which only seems to attract the attention of the punters in its latter stages, will undertake the following changes next season.
1 – There will be no extra-time in the competition next season, if the scores are level the ties will immediately go to penalties after 90 minutes. Apparently, this decision has been made to alleviate what is being described as ‘additional fatigue issues’.
2 – The only time extra-time will be played is if the final itself is level after 90 minutes.
3 – The seeding rule currently implemented for the first two rounds of the competition is to be scrapped, meaning that the big-guns of the Premier League can be drawn against each other in the early rounds.
4 – Returning to the penalty shoot-out situation, the ABBA system will be scrapped, and we’ll be returning to the ABABAB format previously employed.