Lyon end talks with Liverpool over Fekir transfer

10 June, 2018, 13:55 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir vies with Villarreal's Spanish midfielder Javier Fuego during the Europa League Round of 32 second leg football match between Villarreal CF and

Liverpool's deal with Nabil Fekir is not dead yet, according to the Mirror.

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.

"Olympique Lyonnais confirms that the tri-party negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the Lyon captain have not succeeded and that Olympique Lyonnaise have chose to put an end to the negotiations at 20:00 [CET] on Saturday night".

Sport claimed on Friday that Liverpool were close to the signing of Fekir from Lyon, with the report also claiming that the France global is one of manager Jurgen Klopp's main targets.

France Football Association president Noel Le Graet had suggested the move was nearly completed - according to reports in France - before Lyon's announcement.

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

"I think there are a number of moving parts to this", he said on ESPN FC.

Yet this high-profile club president has a history of dismissing transfer rumours surrounding his players shortly before they make a move, with the deal that saw Arsenal sign striker Alexandre Lacazette last summer and prime example of Aulas spinning media narrative to suit his own club's agenda.

Fekir is due to fly to Russian Federation with France's World Cup squad after their game against the United States of America on Saturday.

The 24-year-old was being courted by Liverpool as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January.

He has won a place in the France World Cup squad for his performances, though Antoine Griezmann is set to be preferred to him in the starting XI for Saturday's final warm-up friendly against the USA.

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