Lyon's Nabil Fekir scored 23 goals in all competitions during the recently-concluded season. Photo: Reuters / Robert Pratta
Lyon's Nabil Fekir scored 23 goals in all competitions during the recently-concluded season. Photo: Reuters / Robert Pratta
Ante Coric (left) in action for Dinamo Zagreb. Photo: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
Ante Coric (left) in action for Dinamo Zagreb. Photo: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

LYON, France - Rumours might be swirling about club captain Nabil Fekir leaving for Liverpool, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said Monday "there is no urgency at all" in completing any deal.

"I do not have a rendezvous with the Liverpool directors," Aulas said. "We are prefectly serene. We try always to go in the same direction as the players. 

"We listen to them carefully. We will certainly know more after the World Cup. But for now, he's a Lyon player."

Fekir is a 24-year-old Lyon-born forward who came through the club's youth system and is part of the France squad for the upcoming World Cup and for the warm-up game against Ireland on Monday night.

"We are hugely proud that a natural talent we developed is in the national squad and I will be at the match tonight (Monday night) when he will play for France," said Aulas. "If Nabil wishes to play in the Champions League at our Groupama Stadium next season, we will be delighted."

This season, Fekir scored 23 goals and had seven assists in 43 matches in all competitions and helped Lyon finish third in the French league. He has 10 France caps and one international goal.

Meanwhile, Serie A club Roma on Monday confirmed the signing of Croatian midfielder Ante Coric from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal.

The 21-year-old becomes the Italian club's first summer signing after joining from the Croatian champions for six million euros ($6.9 million) after passing his medical.

"I believe that, with his signing, we have secured one of the emerging talents of European football," said Roma's sporting director Monchi.

Coric made his senior debut for Dinamo in 2014 and has made 150 first-team appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals and providing 24 assists.

"I have given everything to reach this level, and I cannot wait for the chance to start showing what I am capable of," said Coric, who has already played in the Champions League and Europa League.

Coric has four caps for Croatia, having made his debut for his country in 2016, but was not called up for the World Cup in Russia.

Roma finished third in Serie A this season securing Champions League football, having reached the semi-finals this season.

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