Coutinho opens door to possible deal as Chelsea told £53 million transfer target to leave this summer

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas admits Chelsea target Nabil Fekir could leave the club this summer

Although we cannot register players for this window, just yet, reports have claimed that they may reignite their interest in long-term Liverpool target Fekir, who almost made the move to the Premier League last summer.

The France international required two operations on his right knee inside the space of a year due to a cruciate ligament rupture and that made Liverpool walk away from the deal, but the 25-year-old has made 39 appearances in all competitions for Lyon this season, scoring 12 goals and registering nine assists and we have kept a key interest.

And now they have been boosted in their chase to land the Frenchman after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits that Fekir has suggested that he wants to leave the club this summer.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Aulas said of Fekir: “His preference is shifting towards a move. We are open to discussions.

“I have no news. We are waiting for offers in the coming days but for now, there is nothing.”

Meanwhile,Philippe Coutinho has one again cast doubt on his future with the Spanish giants.

The Brazilian has not made the impact that many expected since his move from Liverpool, and reports in the Spanish press have claimed that he could be sold at the end of the season, especially after the Champions League semi-final loss to the Reds.

We were looking at the Brazil international in a cut-priced deal, but any move for Coutinho would mean the transfer ban would have to be frozen or lifted.

However, we have been boosted after Coutinho was asked about his future after Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Venezuela, saying on the Metro website: ‘I do not know, the future nobody knows, I am focused to play with the national team now.’

Pundit Duncan Castles has claimed that Coutinho DOES want to make that move.

“The briefing I had last week was that Coutinho’s preference would be to go to Chelsea rather than Paris St-Germain,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“But of course, dependent on the transfer-window ban being lifted, which it looks almost certain not to happen.”

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