Lyon Chief Hints At New Deal
Liverpool transfer target Nabil Fekir could be offered a new contract by Lyon. The France international saw a €60million (£52million) transfer collapse earlier this month when the Premier League club tried to negotiate a lower fee. That followed the results of a medical examination in which fears were raised over the possible flare-up of an old knee injury.
Speaking to French newspaper Le Parisien, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas insisted he was calm when the news came through that the deal had collapsed. It is believed that Liverpool were demanding a lower transfer fee in respect of their fears over Fekir’s knee.
“I immediately told him that if he wanted to stay, we could extend it,” he added.
“I had said before that we did not need to sell him. The current policy is that we do not let anyone go so we can have our best team and that we can strengthen it as and when required. There will be departures, surely to prop up the accounts that are very good even without the departure of our star player.
“We have a financial structure that is already good. If Nabil left, we would hit the jackpot. ”
There have been reports that Lyon would revive the deal after 1 July. They sold Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal and Corentin Lacazette to Bayern Munich in deals that both took place last summer. That brought in just short of €100million and will go in to the club’s accounts for the 2017-18 season. A move for Fekir would go in the 2018-19 accounts.