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Liverpool deal to sign Nabil Fekir collapses as Lyon end negotiations

11 June, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Fekir has passed Liverpool medical says FFF chief

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir in the summer transfer window.

The two clubs had been discussing a deal for the playmaker worth 60m euros (£52.75m) - 55m (£48.35m) plus a maximum of 5m (£4.4m) add-ons.

Liverpool's pursuit of Nabil Fekir has been abruptly ended in talks with Lyon.

"The transfer has not been done and even less so at this price", Jean-Michel Aulas, the Lyon chairman said in a message to l'AFP.

In a statement, Lyon said: "The three-way negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil were not successful and Olympique Lyonnais chose to end the negotiations at 20:00 (UTC)".

However, instead of the anticipated arrival of a club statement confirming the latest transfer coup, enough concerns materialised to ensure the signing did not progress as planned.




Nevertheless, they have already made some impressive additions in time for next season, with Naby Keita and Fabinho joining the Reds from Leipzig and Monaco respectively.

That came just a day after Lyon branded reports of the pending deal as "fake news".

The collapse - for now at least - of Liverpool's move for Fekir will be a setback for Jurgen Klopp.

However, it does not look likely that any deal for Fekir will happen whilst France are in the World Cup, with Fekir being named as part of the 23 man squad that will play in Russian Federation.

Klopp saw the gifted 24-year-old slotting into the role vacated by Philippe Coutinho - who joined Barcelona in January - and adding to the threat of Liverpool's "Big Three" of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Liverpool did not attempt, suggest or offer to renegotiate any terms for Fekir.

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