Nabil Fekir to Chelsea: Lyon boss gives update on surprise transfer after friendly defeat

NABIL FEKIR’S future is very much still up in the air concedes Lyon boss Bruno Genesio, amid interest from Chelsea.

The Frenchman’s future has been spoken about at length this transfer window.

Earlier in the summer, Liverpool were favourites to land the Lyon captain but ran into trouble.

A £53m deal had been agreed but at the last moment the transfer fell through.

Reports suggested that a knee problem from an operation years ago had caused the Reds to revisit negotiations but Lyon pulled out.

And, with time running out, Chelsea have now entered the race for the World Cup winner.

With just one more day of the transfer window left, the Blues are set for a busy deadline push.

Thibaut Courtois is expected to leave for Real Madrid which will enable Mateo Kovacic’s loan move the other way.

And the Stamford Bridge club will trigger Kepa Arrizabalaga’s release clause of £71m to replace the Belgian.

As well as those deals, a move for Fekir is also reportedly being pursued – and Lyon boss Genesio has had his say.

“It is too early to say,” he said, after the Ligue 1 side lost on penalties to the Blues in a pre-season friendly.

“He wanted to leave at the end of last season but came back to training yesterday and was happy.

“Who knows? There may be opportunities that come up before the end of the window.

“For now he is a Lyon player.”

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