European Paper Talk: Nabil Fekir's move to Liverpool 'agreed' by Lyon
By Sam McGuire, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 07/05/18 11:48am
With the summer transfer window fast approaching and Europe's biggest clubs are already plotting their moves with a World Cup to negotiate around.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European media to round up the latest transfer news.
Lyon have agreed to sell Nabil Fekir to Liverpool when the transfer window opens in a deal reported to worth be in the region of €70m (£61.7m) with add-ons included. Former Reds boss Gerard Houllier, who acts as an advisor to Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas, is said to have been instrumental in the deal. (RMC Sport)
However, following on from Lyon's 3-0 victory over Troyes, Aulas poured cold water over claims Fekir would be moving when the season comes to an end: "No contact with Liverpool today. I am surprised by this news. There is no agreement in Nabil's contract that provides for a departure. Simply, when he signed professional, I told his agent - with whom we have excellent relations and who is someone very reasoned - that the day that Nabil would like to leave, as I did with Alexandre Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso or Karim (Benzema) he could come to see me." (Le10Sport)
Paris Saint-Germain wanted to bring Ryan Sessegnon to the French capital, but the Fulham wonderkid prefers a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino's men had been linked with a move for Layvin Kurzawa but have shelved those plans in favour of signing the 17-year-old. (Le10Sport)
PSG want to tie Liverpool transfer target Adrien Rabiot down to a long-term contract, with his current one expiring in 2019. But the 23-year-old is holding off on continuing talks until Unai Emery's successor has been named and the future plans have been discussed. (L'Equipe)
Real Madrid refused to give double winners Barcelona a guard of honour. Instead, the staff from those at the Nou Camp applauded the players off of the pitch after the 2-2 draw after Gerard Pique organised it. Playing in front of their home fans for the first time since winning the Copa del Rey, Pique grabbed a microphone to explain the situation to the crowd: "As they didn't want to give us a guard of honour, I ask our staff to do it and we'll do it like that." (Marca)
Sergio Ramos sparked controversy by having digs at both Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid centre-back did not kick the ball out of play when the Uruguayan was down injured. Afterwards, he revealed why: "Knowing Luis Suarez, I made clear that we wouldn't put the ball out of play."
The Spain international then turned his attention to Messi, claiming the Barcelona No 10 influenced the referee at half-time. "Messi put pressure on the referee in the tunnel at half-time," he explained in his post-match interview. "I don't know if there were cameras, and I don't know if he would have made other decisions in the second half." (AS)
Ernesto Valverde left Andre Gomes out of his El Clasico squad, fuelling rumours suggesting the Barcelona midfielder could be leaving in the summer. The Tottenham Hotspur transfer target, who has a contract until 2021, was left out of the Copa del Rey final squad and hasn't gained the trust of the Barca boss. (Sport)
RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that he held talks with Bayern Munich over the job opening at the Allianz Arena following on from Jupp Heynckes revealing he would not be continuing on after this season. However, the 50-year-old Austrian rejected those advances. (ZDF)
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The CEO of Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has confirmed that Sebastian Rode will be sanctioned for his comments about manager Peter Stoger. The former Bayern Munich player made it clear that he wanted the interim boss to move on at the end of the season despite no confirmation on whether Stoger will be offered the job on a permanent basis. (Kicker)
Rafinha wants to make his loan spell at Inter Milan permanent and Luciano Spalletti, the Nerazzurri's manager, wants the Barcelona midfielder to be his first summer signing. The move hinges on whether Piero Ausilio, the sporting director at the San Siro, can negotiate a deal with the La Liga club with the Serie A side not wanting to pay the full €40million agreed when he joined on loan. (Calciomercato)