PREMIER LEAGUE rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have been put on red alert after long-term target Nabil Fekir was told he can leave Lyon.
The French winger, 25, is out of contract at the Ligue 1 side in 2020 having originally joined the club in 2011.
Now Lyon‘s president Jean-Michel Aulas wants to avoid losing him on a free and has sensationally all-but told the world Fekir is leaving.
Aulas thanked the winger for his service to the club, having scored 12 times and tallied nine assists in 39 matches in 2018-19.
The Lyon president claimed: “[With] Nabil we have an understanding that he can go.
“Thanks Nabil for bringing what he brought, we have an understanding to let him go.”
FEKIR WE GO AGAIN
Liverpool are the club most likely to be licking their lips having come up agonisingly short in their chase for Fekir last summer.
Jurgen Klopp thought he’d landed his man in a £53million deal – with Fekir even pictured holding a Liverpool shirt in what later transpired to be a hoax.
But the club pulled the plug in the 11th hour, citing worries about his recurring knee injuries.
Fekir suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in 2015 and missed the better part of a year, before suffering another knee issue the next season.
MOST READ IN FOOTBALL
In 2017-18, a bruised knee ruled him out for a month, but Fekir was able to enjoy a full season in 2018-19.
Now, Liverpool are hoping to land Fekir, but will face the challenge of mega-rich Man City – who pipped them to the league title by a single point on the final of the season.
Juventus are another side linked with Fekir in recent months.