Transfer News: Liverpool Close in on Second Signing, Tottenham Leads the Race for $45m-rated Midfielder

Liverpool is close to complete its second signing of the summer, with Nabil Fekir set to undergo a medical.

The Reds signed Fabinho from Monaco last week for $53.2 million and now look poised to add the Olympique Lyon captain to their squad in a deal worth an initial $54.8 million, plus a further $4.6 million in add-ons.

GettyImages-960202962 Nabil Fekir reacts after missing a a change against OGC Nice, on May 19, 2018. The Lyon captain is on the verge of joining Liverpool. Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

The Times is one of many outlets to suggest that Liverpool staff will travel to Paris to complete a medical as soon as the two clubs have come to an agreement. Tottenham Hotspur is also looking to bolster its midfield options and both the Telegraph and the Daily Mail believe Spurs are leading the race for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

The 22-year-old was impressive last season as his side reached the Championship playoffs final—where it ultimately lost to Fulham—and was linked with a move to Manchester United last week. Villa has previously stated it intends to keep Grealish but with the club mired in a financial crisis, the $45.6 million-rated midfielder could soon be on his way out of Villa Park.

Meanwhile, The Sun reports Sergio Aguero has committed his future to Manchester City and dismissed rumors of a rift with Pep Guardiola. One of Aguero’s former teammates, and a man who certainly has a feud with the Catalan manager, could instead be set for a surprise move to West Ham United.

The Daily Mail claims the east London club has opened negotiations with Yaya Toure’s representatives to convince the Ivorian to move to the capital, where he would be reunited with former City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Toure, who is a free agent this summer, is not the only midfielder on West Ham’s radar, as the Daily Mirror reports the Hammers have made Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina one of their targets but face competitions from Manchester City and Napoli.

Meanwhile, Football London suggests West Ham could break its transfer record to convince Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson to swap Rome for London. Pellegrini might be eager to add new players but is also determined to keep some of those at his disposals at the club, in particular Marko Arnautovic.

The Daily Mirror claims West Ham have slapped a $68.5 million price-tag on the Austrian in a bid to fend off interest from Manchester United.

The 20-time champions of England could have a bidding war on their hands, with Napoli and Juventus set to battle for the signing of Matteo Darmian, according to Italian state broadcaster Rai, as reported by ESPN.

United and Spurs, meanwhile, are at loggerheads over the future of Toby Alderweireld. The Sun claims the latter wants $62.3 million for the defender, which United considers too steep a fee.

Elsewhere, the Daily Express believes Real Madrid will step up its interest in Antonio Conte as it aims to make the Italian Zinedine Zidane’s successor.

Chelsea is yet to make a decision on Conte, with the club reluctant to pay the $12.1 million required to let the Italian go. The Blues, however, would not have to pay anything if he walked straight into another job, a scenario which could materialize if he went to Real Madrid.

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