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Liverpool deal to sign Nabil Fekir collapses as Lyon end negotiations

Liverpool transfer news Nabil Fekir is on the brink of completing a switch to Anfield GETTY Liverpool transfer news Nabil Fekir is on the brink of completing a switch to Anfield
Kristopher Love | 10 June, 2018, 09:54

In a statement released on the French club's official website, Lyon claimed that a breakdown in negotiations have resulted in French worldwide remaining where he is for the time being.

Following a complicated turn of events over the past days - with Liverpool reportedly being on the verge of signing Nabil Fekir and having gone as far as to conduct a medical with the Frenchman - Lyon have now made a decision to pull the plug following a hold up on the deal. This is the second time it has happened to LFC in as many summer transfer windows.

Liverpool's deal with Nabil Fekir is not dead yet, according to the Mirror.

"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.

Fekir's agent confirmed earlier this week that although Liverpool were interested in signing his client, the deal was far from being completed.

Reports on Friday suggested that the Reds had finally made a breakthrough with Lyon, with a £53m fee agreed and a medical scheduled.

Fekir, meanwhile, had given the switch the green light.

The 24-year-old was said to have rejected Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich in favour of a "dream move" to Anfield, with the late cancellation surely not sitting well in his camp.

First signs of problems arose on Friday night.

There were doubts as to whether the playmaker would pass a medical with the Premier League side due to a knee injury. Liverpool's medical team had flown out to Paris to conduct a medical at France's national team base in Clairefontaine.

France forward Fekir has always been linked with a big-money move to Anfield and enjoyed a stellar campaign in France's top flight this season - scoring 18 goals and supplying a further eight assists.