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Fekir on verge of sealing Liverpool switch

Fekir on verge of sealing Liverpool switch

And Liverpool are keen to close the deal before Fekir jets off to Russian Federation following France's final warm-up friendly against the United States on Saturday.

He played just 17 minutes in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

"But we've seen Liverpool be very, very smart this summer, tieing down two midfielders and they are working very, very hard to get Fekir as well".

The Lyon star has been heavily linked with the Reds since the end of last season, and it looked likely that any deal wouldn't be complete until after the World Cup.

The German goalkeeper has been with Leverkusen since 2011 but they have now signed Lukas Hradecky from Frankfurt and thus Leno might no longer been the first choice custodian anymore.

However, Fekir has his heart set on Anfield and Lyon have agreed to let him leave for Liverpool.

Jean-Michel Aulas, the Lyon president, told his club's website on Thursday that the deal was "at a standstill" and unlikely to be concluded before the World Cup.

Fekir, 24, would join midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita in joining the Reds this summer.

Liverpool, though, have much higher ambitions after missing out on a sixth European Cup success by losing 3-1 in the Champions League final to Real Madrid on May 26. "The deal will certainly not be closed during the World Cup and I don't think there will be any change before the World Cup". But a financial package between £48m and £53m will land Fekir.