Liverpool have failed in their pursuit of Lyon captain Nabil Fekir
The French international will not be bracing the pitch at Anfield next season as a proposed £60 million move has fallen through at the last minute. The Reds were hoping to conclude the deal before the French squad jets off for their final friendly before beginning their World Cup campaign. Fekir’s medical had reportedly taken place at French national team’s training camp and that’s where the complications began.
Liverpool’s medical staff found a slight issue with the player’s right knee – he had suffered a serious ACL injury during the 2015-16 season. Consequently, the Reds were hoping to negotiate a lower fee which prompted Lyon to pull the plug on any potential deal.
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A statement released by the French club read:
“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 decided to put an end to the negotiations at 20:00 [CET] on Saturday night.”
“Although, Liverpool had been the priority of a possible transfer for Nabil, and subject to other proposals consistent with the interest of Nabil and Olympique Lyonnais and from ambitious clubs, Olympique Lyonnaise is delighted to be able to count on the presence of our captain, who is a leading player for the 2018/19 season when the club will play in the Champions League.”
This comes on the back of FFF’s President’s comments that Fekir had gone through a medical and the outcome of the same was ‘positive’. Liverpool, meanwhile, have already confirmed the signing of Fabinho and will move on to other targets with the goalkeeping department still a matter of concern for the Reds.
It is embarrassing for any club when such a public pursuit ends in a bust. This is the second time it has happened to LFC in as many summer transfer windows. And although Van Dijk did eventually come to Anfield, a repetition seems likely in this case. The fans will be hoping that their club moves on to other targets as soon as possible to lift the mood after such a disappointment.