Olympique Lyon’s Nabil Fekir is one of the most sought-after transfer prospects in Europe at the moment, as the midfielder has lit up Ligue 1 for the past two and half seasons after spending the majority of the 2015/2016 season out injured. A move to Liverpool over the summer looked like a done deal, but the Premier League side had doubts over his persistent knee problems. Lyon are currently trying to negotiate a contract extension until 2022 so that buying clubs would have to pay a higher fee to get him before then, but an agreement has not yet been reached.
Per a report by AZ, Fekir’s French compatriot Kingsley Coman feels as if the 25 year-old would be a perfect fit at Bayern Munich. The two have experienced playing with one another in the French National team at the senior level as well as the U21’s. and Coman says he would warmly welcome Fekir at Bayern:
He plays very well. I got to know him in the U21s. If he wants to come to us, we would welcome that. But the decision is up to the management.
Assuming that Franck Ribery leaves the club after the current season, if Fekir were to make a summer move to Bayern, he would be the third French player in the senior squad alongside Coman and Corentin Tolisso — not to mention Bayern’s interest in VfB Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard. There could potentially be a French connection at Bayern by next season, but Coman feels that it shouldn’t be looked at that way:
I know that many young French players would like to play for Bayern. We are a big team, one of the biggest in the world. We shouldn’t think in camps or nations. We have Germans, Spaniards, Frenchmen, and South Americans. However, we are a team: Bayern Munich. There should be no clans in the team. Only together will we achieve anything.
Regardless of his nationality, Fekir could greatly strengthen Bayern’s midfield and inject some pace and creativity as both Ribery and Arjen Robben run out of steam. An attacking midfield trio of Fekir, Coman, and Serge Gnabry tucked behind Robert Lewandowski would boast an incredible amount of pace and craft on the ball. Fekir could play centrally, out wide, slightly retreated, or more advanced; his versatility in midfield is one of his strongest attributes.
A glance at some of Fekir’s stats with Lyon:
- 2018/2019 : 4 goals, 4 assists from 14 appearances in all comps.
- 2017/2018: 23 goals, 8 assists from 40 appearances in all comps.
- 2016/2017: 14 goals, 7 assists from 49 appearances in all comps.
- 2015/2016: 4 goals, 1 assist from 9 appearances in all comps. Missed most of season due to a cruciate ligament tear.
- 2014/2015: 15 Goals, 13 assists from 39 appearances in all comps.
Also, remember when he stuck the dagger in Manchester City in the Champions League? He scored the 2nd of two Lyon goals in the shock 2-1 win at the Etihad:
Nabil fekir is a baller and nobody bats an eye pic.twitter.com/h2jD0MoAoa— Martial11 (@OMDItsme) September 19, 2018
Coman also went on to say that he feels Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is the future of football, as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo approach the end of their respective careers in Europe:
Kylian is the future of football. Ronaldo and Messi are getting older. When they stop, Kylian will be their successor.