In January there was a real interest in Valencia’s Algerian midfielder Sofiane Feghouli after he demonstrated the natural talent that saw him dubbed ‘the next Zidane’ as a teenager at Grenoble.
However no official bid was ever going to arrive for the 23-year-old as he travelled with his nation to the African Nations Cup in South Africa.
In the end The Desert Foxes went out with a whimper in the Group Stages and it would not have been much of a problem - but the fact Valencia had no desire to sell did produce a stumbling block.
So when they also convinced Feghouli to sign a new deal until 2016 at the end of the month any interest in the player would have sufficiently subsided.
But in March it was Liverpool who were once again having their name thrown in the ring for the player; with a potential £9 million bid arriving in the summer.
So how likely is that transfer now?
Well according to reports in Spain extremely.
Feghouli has not been in the best of favours with the hierarchy at the club recently and has found himself in and out of the starting XI since the start of April.
But perhaps most importantly will be the results from the final day of the La Liga season.
Valencia are currently in fourth place; two points ahead of Real Sociedad in fifth and therefore presently qualifying for Champions League football.
On the final day of the season they travel to take on Sevilla; who themselves need victory to assure themselves of an unlikely Europa League slot ahead of Levante (Malaga and Rayo Vallecano are excluded from Europe for financial reasons so the ninth placed La Liga team will qualify for the Europa League).
Sociedad travel to the Riazor to take on Deportivo La Coruna; who are in a four way fight for survival with Celta de Vigo, Real Zaragoza and RCD Mallorca.
If Valencia are to be pipped to the post by Sociedad there current financial woes will see them cashing on several of their big name players; with Adil Rami and Roberto Soldado likely to depart.
And now it appears they would also be willing to cash in on Feghouli should this eventuality come to pass.
A deal that once looked off could be on should results go against Valencia this weekend and Liverpool could be proud owners of the once dubbed ‘next Zidane’ as a consequence; to add to their increasingly creative midfield.
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