Nabil Fekir's move to Liverpool appears to be off... for now

Aubrey Yates
June 11, 2018

Liverpool offered no indication as to the nature of the problem, although Fekir sustained a serious injury to his right knee when playing for France three years ago.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is notoriously tough in transfer business but it is my understanding the deal has not fallen down because Liverpool tried to renegotiate the terms of the deal.

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

Lyon have announced that they have ended negotiations with Liverpool over the sale of Nabil Fekir and the attacker will now remain at the French club.

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

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"He's in the middle of negotiations and I think it's done", he said. He's in good spirits.

"It's always like that when you talk about a transfer. There is something logical, it has already been done for others".

"Everyone tries to raise their price, to lower their price, and when a little issue flares up, it's part of the game".

Finally, he confirmed his wish to see Fekir complete his switch to Anfield before the World Cup begins in Russian Federation next week, something that the Reds are keen for but Lyon have said will not happen. "It would be better for him [to complete the transfer], but he's not perturbed", Le Graët added.

Fekir had a fine season, scoring 18 league goals as Lyon finished third to qualify for the Champions League playoffs. The Reds were hoping to conclude the deal before the French squad jets off for their final friendly before beginning their World Cup campaign.

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