Liverpool unable to secure Fekir deal

Nabil Fekir to Liverpool Lyon have denied any transfer agreement with the Reds

Nabil Fekir to Liverpool Lyon have denied any transfer agreement with the Reds

Liverpool have agreed on a deal with Olympique Lyonnais regarding star forward Nabil Fekir, who could reportedly cost them €65 million.

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.

The FC crew analyse the major curveball thrown by Lyon as they ended negotiations with Liverpool over the transfer of Nabil Fekir. Jurgen Klopp, in particular, will be delighted to have secured the signing of Fekir, should the transfer go through.

The Ligue 1 side made an official announcement to say that negotiations were off and that the player would be remaining in France following the World Cup. He came on in the second half of that game, which was at Lyon's home ground, to a great reception from the home fans.

The Liverpool Echo have provided the latest and are reporting that the interest in Fekir is now "over".

This is a huge blow for Liverpool, as adding Fekir to a midfield three that now includes both Naby Keita and Fabinho would have made them immediate title contenders.

The France worldwide, who scored 23 goals for Lyon in Ligue 1 last season, is Jurgen Klopp's prime target for the summer and has been identified as Philippe Coutinho's long-term replacement.

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.

Speculation is swirling about why the deal has not been rubber-stamped.

Liverpool are concerned after Fekir had surgery on his right knee.

However a statement from Les Gones on Friday, suggesting that media reports claiming a deal had been reached were false, cast doubt on a positive outcome for the Merseysiders. That's logical, we've done it for other players.

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