Chelsea remain in the hunt for Nabil Fekir and are already attempting to get a deal agreed for the Lyon forward, according to reports.
Fekir, 25, has long been a target of Premier League clubs and he appeared certain to move to English football earlier this year.
Liverpool had a deal for the versatile attacker all but agreed during the summer transfer window, but Lyon pulled the plug at the eleventh hour.
The Reds were believed to have attempted to revive the deal, but the window closed with Fekir – who was part of the France squad which won the World Cup – remaining on Lyon’s books.
Nonetheless, interest from England is expected during the January transfer window, and again at the end of the season.
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And, according to L’Equipe, per SportWitness, it is Chelsea who look most likely to secure Fekir’s signing.
The Blues were also linked with him prior to the start of this season, and they have retained their interest in the forward.
It is said Chelsea are on the ‘hottest track’ for Fekir, and the Stamford Bridge club are reported to have initiated contact with the player through agent Pini Zahavi.
Chelsea are not expected to wrap up a deal for Fekir next month, with any move for the forward likely to be completed during next summer’s transfer window.