From France: Manchester United make offer for Lyon forward Nabil Fekir

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have made a surprise offer for Lyon forward Nabil Fekir, according to reports from France.

Jose Mourinho has previously expressed interest in signing the France forward, who claimed 23 goals and eight assists in an impressive 2017/18 season for Lyon.

He appeared to be on the verge of moving to Anfield earlier this month only for the French side to end negotiations when Liverpool, citing Fekir’s non-existent knee cartilage problems, tried to lower the price they would pay by €5m.

And according to French media outlet Le Progrè (via Sport Witness), Man United have taken advantage of negotiations breaking down with Liverpool – who even had an interview set up for the signing, which is absolutely vintage Liverpool – and made an offer of their own for Fekir.

This story is subtly wedged into a piece about midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, another player linked with an Old Trafford move, which is indeed strange.

Targeting Fekir – an attacking midfielder – would make very little sense given United’s wealth of options in that area already. Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Fred, and even Marouane Fellaini can play in that role. An actual attempt to sign Fekir, therefore, would be nothing short of nonsensical.

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