Thursday, January 28, 2021
ADS

Ernesto Valverde targets Lyon playmaker as an alternative to Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona is reportedly lining up a bid for Olympique Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir, as an alternative to Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

The 24-year-old has been in exceptional form for the Ligue 1 side, scoring 11 goals in just 11 games making up for the absence of departed Alexandre Lacazette. However, with the Frenchman’s admiration of the Camp Nou side, Barcelona’s sporting director Robert Fernandez was there watching Nabil Fekir play against Everton in October.




According to Marca, the Catalans have stepped up their interest in the 24-year-old attacker and with both Arsenal and Real Madrid also in tow, things could get interesting. For Barcelona however, with Jurgen Klopp’s staunch stance on not selling Philippe Coutinho, Fekir would be the closest like-for-like replacement.

With a sensational 2014/15 season, Nabil Fekir announced himself to the world, with 13 goals and nine assists, shocking both the Ligue 1 and Europe. However, since then injuries and inconsistency have been his downfall, but this season could prove to be his best yet. Having already scored 11 goals in just 11 games so far this season, the Frenchman has already outdone the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

His lethal left foot does make him very valuable, but that’s not why Barcelona really wants him. Nabil Fekir’s versatility to operate across the front line and his ability to dictate tempo and find space makes him the perfect replacement for the aging and irreplaceable Andres Iniesta.

The Frenchman even spoke about the Camp Nou side a year ago when he was recovering from a cruciate ligament injury, saying “In my head, I have a lot of dreams. I’m not going to talk about them straight away. For a start, I want to get back on the pitch, to be able to give my best for Lyon and then to join a big club. That’s my goal.

“My favourite club is Barca. But a lot of work needs to be done — I’m aware of that.”

Author’s take:

Many have compared the Algerian descent, French international Nabil Fekir to another Algerian descent French international who went on to win both the 1998 World Cup and the 1998 Balon d’Or. However, while he is happy at Lyon right now, there will come a point when Fekir decides to leave in the near future and to have not one but three potential top-class destinations make his decision very hard.

But with his current form, it’s very easy to look into the future and see the 24-year-old thriving where ever he joins.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Top Articles

Recommended Articles

Latest Article

VAR Drama: Cancelo scored offside in goal in Manchester City vs West Brom

Manchester City made a trip to the Hawthorns to clash with West Brom yesterday. It was Pep Guardiola's team which scored five...

Chelsea to complete the first transfer after Lampard sacking as deal agreed

Chelsea owner Roman Abromovich took a bold decision by sacking their legend Frank Lampard from management. Lampard spent close to 18 months...

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Preview, Team News, Line Up, and Prediction

The Premier League action is back after a weekend of FA Cup drama. It hardly gets any better than Tottenham hosting Liverpool...

Tammy Abraham slams down team clash between Rudiger and Azpilicueta

Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham shows attitude and team spirit on Twitter last day following the sacking of manager Frank Lampard. There were...

Must Read

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: 5 Talking points as Man United keep hold of the first spot

Manchester United made a trip to Anfield to lock horns with their arch-rivals, Liverpool. The game ended in a 0-0 draw as...

5 Talking Points: Burnley 0-1 Manchester United as Reds move to the top

Manchester United's trip to Turf Moor ended on a bright note as the Red Devils defeated Burnley 1-0. An exquisite volley from...

Leicester City vs Man United: Preview, Line-up and Prediction

The Red Devils will be traveling to King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on the boxing day action. These two Premier...

Manchester United vs Leeds: Preview, Team News, Line Up and Prediction

Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjear has shown great character and strength. Whenever they have been doubted they have come back stronger....