That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, who thinks Fekir will be tempted to wait in case he stars at the World Cup.
“The issue with Fekir is Liverpool are trying to be very, very smart,” Solhekol told the Transfer Talk podcast.
“They are trying to get their business done as early as possible. In a lot of ways when there’s a World Cup or European Championships, it pays to get your business done early in case the players you are signing have a really, really good tournament and attract a lot of interest.
“Then there price goes up and Liverpool behind the scenes are trying to sign Fekir before the World Cup.
“If you are the player, or if you are his agent, you’re thinking ‘Liverpool are after me, other people are sniffing around, should I just hang on and wait for the World Cup? I might be top scorer at the World Cup. Real Madrid or Barcelona might come in for me’.
“But we’ve seen Liverpool be very, very smart this summer, tieing down two midfielders and they are working very, very hard to get Fekir as well.”
But Express Sports still understands Liverpool are set to complete a £53million deal for Lyon ace Fekir today.
The Reds look poised to secure the France forward before he heads to the World Cup in Russia.
Fekir, 24, would join midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita in joining the Reds this summer.
Liverpool are ready to conduct a medical in Paris to speed things up, with France taking on the USA tomorrow night in their final warm-up game.
Liverpool remain confident, despite Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claiming the deal is at a “standstill”.
Aulas added: “The whole thing will certainly not be completed during the World Cup, and I don’t think anything will change before it.
“We haven’t set a starting price because we haven’t discussed that yet.” But a financial package between £48m and £53m will land Fekir.