Liverpool will buckle down in their efforts to bring Nabil Fekir to Anfield, as they attempt to strike a deal within the next 10 days.
But contrary to widespread reports in France, there has been no formal bid from the Reds for the £50m-rated France international.
Fekir is the next target as boss Jurgen Klopp looks to put the final pieces of his squad jigsaw together, in preparation for a full onslaught for the Premier League title next season.
And we understand the Lyon attacking midfielder has met with his club president Jean-Michel Aulas to make clear he wants a move to Anfield…and would like his future decided before the World Cup starts.
That is Liverpool’s aim as they look to strike a deal, with Sporting Director Michael Edwards keen to pursue formal discussions in the next week.
Lyon president Aulas will not stand in the way of the move, but he has insisted the French club are in no hurry to negotiate, with the club in a strong financial position.
Aulas believes, with Fekir a likely France starter at the World Cup, it could increase his value, but Liverpool will push hard in the next few days in the hope of convincing Lyon.