Liverpool are confident of closing in on a transfer for Nabil Fekir, a source has told ESPN FC, despite Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas stating he was adamant no deal would be done before the World Cup.
Fekir is due to undergo a Liverpool medical at Clairefontaine, the France national team's training base, before signing terms on Friday.
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'The whole thing will certainly not be completed during the World Cup, and I don't think anything will change before it.
Reports on Wednesday also suggested that Liverpool were giving serious thought to activating the relegation release clause in Xherdan Shaqiri's contract at Stoke City.
"We haven't set a starting price because we haven't discussed that yet".
Liverpool now hope to iron out the fine details of Fekir's move to the club and are optimistic of finalising a £55m transfer in the next 24 hours, according to the Mirror.
Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in the French worldwide - but Liverpool are now in the driving seat.