Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Fekir twist: Liverpool pulled plug on deal

Fekir twist: Liverpool pulled plug on deal

"Olympique Lyonnais informs that the tripartite negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and that Olympique Lyonnais has chose to put an end to this negotiation", read a statement on the club's official website.

When the deal was not made official on Friday, doubts were cast over the player's fitness as he had suffered a serious injury to his right knee previously.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the 24-year-old attacker is poised to sign for the Reds in a £53m deal this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to further strengthen his squad ahead of next season.

The Mirror report that talks are set to resume after the World Cup, despite Lyon today putting out a statement saying that negotiations had been halted with Liverpool over any potential deal.

Sorry Liverpool fans, Fekir isn't going anywhere... for now, at least.

Liverpool was hoping to add Fekir to their off-season signings of Monaco midfielder Fabinho and RB Leipzig's Naby Keita.

"Lyon is announcing that the negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the Lyon captain have not succeeded and Lyon have made a decision to put an end to the negotiations tonight at 8 p.m", the statement read.

Speaking on Saturday afternoon, French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet even appeared to confirm that a transfer was on course to be completed imminently, as Fekir had passed his medical at France's national football centre.

ESPN's Liverpool correspondent Glenn Price discusses why Nabil Fekir would be the player to finally replace Philippe Coutinho. "There is something logical, it has already been done for others". The veteran administrator has no concerns over the saga lingering on into France's World Cup campaign, where they have been drawn alongside Denmark, Peru and Australia in Group C.

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