Report suggests Manchester United being used to tempt Liverpool into Fekir offer

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward (C) awaits kick-off in the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in...

Are Manchester United really interested in Lyon star Nabil Fekir or are reports it is being used to tempt Liverpool true?

Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir reacts after missing a goal during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais and OGC Nice, on May 19, 2018, at the Groupama Stadium in...

Reports from France emerged over the weekend that claimed that Manchester United are now interested in signing Nabil Fekir from Lyon.

French publication Le Progres says that offers for Fekir are not lacking and the Red Devils are the latest to put themselves forward for the France international after a move to Liverpool fell through.

Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir (R) shoots and scores against Dijon's French midfielder Romain Amalfitano (L) during the French L1 football match between Dijon FCO and Olympique...

The report also claims that the reason the 24-year-old did not sign for the Reds, despite completing a medical and agreeing personal terms, was because the Premier League club tried to lower the fee by £4.4m at the last moment due to a cartilage problem the attacker had.

An ulterior motive?

However, the Manchester Evening News suggests there could be more to this story - or more accurately less, certainly in reference to the interest coming from Old Trafford.

The Manchester Evening News speculate that in the past clubs have fabricated interest from the Red Devils to help 'smoke out a bidder', and Liverpool have often been influenced by this in the past. 

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward (C) awaits kick-off in the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in...

They cite previous deals for Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino as examples of this, with interest from Manchester United being reported shortly before Liverpool swoop in.

It is also claimed that rumours the Manchester side wanted Fabinho were also false and rather than the midfielder rejecting them in favour of a move to Anfield, they rejected him.

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