Lyon president reveals Real set to hijack Liverpool target

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 23/06/2018

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reveals Real Madrid set to hijack Liverpool target Nabil Fekir.

The 24-year-old France international was reportedly close to joining the Reds before the start of World Cup began, only for the Ligue 1 outfit declare they had pulled out of a proposed deal.

Fekir's agent has insisted that his client could still move to Anfield despite set back, while new Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui is reportedly interested in taking Lyon captain to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

Speaking to RT France, Aulas said: "It was expected, at some point, that he could leave for Liverpool. 

"I gave the green light, but things did not happen because they took too long. Nabil is an exceptional player. The fact that things did not come to fruition with Liverpool aroused the interest of many clubs, not just Real Madrid and its new coach.

"Everything is possible. My goal is to make him stay. I hope he will stay, but if he absolutely wants to leave, we will try to find the biggest club in terms of efficiency and size."

Fekir has come off the bench in France's two World Cup games so far and will be hoping to start its final Group C game against Denmark on Tuesday.