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Nabil Fekir’s Liverpool move falls through


Lyon – Lyon ended negotiations with Liverpool on Saturday over the possible transfer of forward Nabil Fekir to the Premier League club.

“Nabil
Fekir is staying at Lyon… pending other propositions,” said Lyon in a
statement, just hours after the president of the French football
federation (FFF) claimed Fekir had undergone a Liverpool medical.

“The
three-way negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer
of the Lyon captain have not succeeded and Lyon have decided to end
these negotiations tonight (Saturday) at 8pm,” added the Ligue 1 club in
their statement.

The latest development in the on-off transfer
saga came after FFF chief Noel Le Graet had earlier said: “Nabil Fekir
is in the process of being transferred.”

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

British
and French media have been reporting for several days that the
24-year-old, who is part of France’s World Cup squad, was on the verge
of joining Liverpool for 60-70 million.

But on Friday, Lyon released a statement “categorically” denying the reports.

“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.

Such a sum would top the record 53 million Lyon received for Alexandre Lacazette’s switch to Arsenal a year ago.

Le
Graet, speaking in Lyon a few hours before France played the United
States in a World Cup warm up game in the city, said: “These are
negotiations. They can sometimes drag along.

“Every time a player
is on the market, there’s a price; the buyer tries to lower the price,
the seller tries to increase it – it takes time.

“And even if he
did not leave, he won’t be devastated,” Le Graet said at the opening of
an indoor football complex in Lyon.

“He’s a lad who loves football and
likes Lyon, but for the moment, quite frankly he is only talking about
the France team.”

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