Fekir Deal Collapsed Over Medical
Liverpool could yet sign Lyon winger Nabil Fekir, according to his agent.
The French side pulled the plug on a £53million move for the France international following a medical examination that raised doubts over his recovery from a knee injury. Liverpool tried to get the fee reduced only for the French side’s president Jean-Michael Aulas to ditch the deal.
Fekir is now in Russia with the rest of the France World Cup squad. But when asked by French TV station LC1 on Monday night about the reasons for the move’s collapse his agent Jean-Pierre Bernes hinted that the transfer may yet be revived.
“He didn’t sign because, well, it is not over! It is not the end of the story – you’ll see.” However, he stopped short of elaborating on exactly how the transfer might go ahead.
But Aulas was known to want the deal to go through after 1 July regardless. Lyon sold Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal last summer in a transfer that brought in £53million while Corentin Tolisso was sold to Bayern Munich for £37million. As a result, Lyon’s finances for the current season are pretty healthy. Aulas wants them to go into the accounts for the new financial year that commences at the beginning of next month.
Fekir has spent his entire career with Lyon so any transfer fee will be pure profit.
The 24-year-old Fekir has scored 57 goals and provided 37 assists since making his debut for Lyon in 2013. He scored 13 goals and chipped in with seven assists in the 2017-18 campaign.
Liverpool have already made two signings so far this summer. Naby Keita arrives from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on 1 July for a fee of £52.8million in a transfer that was concluded last summer. Brazilian wing-back Fabinho will also team up with the Merseyside club next month following his £39million transfer from French side Monaco.