Chelsea join race for £60m-rated France international

Chelsea have reportedly joined Liverpool and Arsenal in the race to sign Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir this summer. The 24-year-old is thought to have been told by his club that he is free to leave the club when the transfer window opens should a suitable offer come, with the Ligue 1 side holding out for at least £60m.

Speculation emerged on Sunday claiming that the Merseysiders had agreed on a big-money deal for the skipper, although Jurgen Klopp has since laughed those rumours off.

L’Equipe is reporting that the Blues have emerged as serious contenders for Fekir’s signature, although the Reds are understood to remain leaders to sign the France international if they hold on to their top-four spot in the Premier League this season.

The Gunners have been long-term admirers of the attacker, but their lack of Champions League football and uncertainty over their new manager could scupper any hopes of luring in-demand Frenchman to Emirates. Nabil Fekir has netted 22 goals and created eight more across all competitions for his club this term, helping Lyon to the verge of Champions League qualification.