In the space of just two days, both Nabil Fekir and Thomas Lemar both look to have slipped out of Liverpool’s reach.
Liverpool were seemingly on the verge of landing Lyon’s 18-goal talisman Fekir in a £53 million deal with The Mail claiming that he had even been given the chance to choose a shirt number and conduct interviews with the club’s in-house media team.
But, in a dramatic twist, the £140,000-a-week deal collapsed after problems were discovered during Fekir’s medical, The Mail adds.
Though while supporters were obviously dismayed to miss out on one of the most feared attackers anywhere in Europe during the 2017/18 season, it seems Thomas Lemar’s impending move to Atletico Madrid hasn’t been met with the same furore.
Liverpool have been pursuing the Monaco star for some time with The Independent reporting that they had even made a bid of £78 million last year. But Lemar is now set to join La Liga giants Atletico Madrid instead – for a reduced fee of £57 million.
But Liverpool fans don’t seem too bothered. There is a reason why Lemar’s price-tag dropped considerably, after all.
The 22-year-old contributed 14 goals and 17 assists as Monaco won Ligue 1 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2016/17 but his tally dropped to three and 10 in a disappointing follow-up campaign.
And, as the Anfield faithful point out, there’s better value to be found elsewhere.
Coz he’s overrated— ΣLVIS (@KZB97) June 12, 2018
Because Klopp wanted Fekir or no one. Doubt we will sign Fekir or an equivalent now.— Derek Fallon (@Derekfallon) June 12, 2018
I would rather have mahrez not lemar— levinus (@levinusjm) June 13, 2018
Lemar is another mediocre who had a single wonder season and people start to see him as GOAT— levinus (@levinusjm) June 13, 2018
Hopefully it means fekir but even if not wouldn't want lemar. Would rather maddison.— Phdave (@bobby_dazzlar) June 12, 2018
He had a pretty poor season and was overpriced. I guess that would be why. Only three goals all year.— Myles (@myleswithY) June 12, 2018
Back then he was too pricey and now after our previous pursuit,his stats dropped significantly and secondly i don't think scooping two high profile players from the same team by Liverpool was on the cards.— E-yan Millz (@Eyan99sheikh) June 12, 2018
There's way better players out there— - (@RoguesLFC) June 12, 2018