According to French club Lyon, Liverpool’s move for their French international attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir has broken down. The two clubs have been negotiating over a transfer for the last few weeks.
It seemed a foregone conclusion that the two parties would come to an agreement, as the player was reportedly hoping to seal a move prior to the kick-off of the World Cup.
According to media reports, the transfer collapsed due to Liverpool asking for a second opinion on a knee problem Fekir had sustained in 2015.
However, Lyon have now stated that they are delighted that Fekir will stay with them for the 2018/19 season. It seems unlikely that this is the end of the story, though.
Fekir is regarded as one of the best up and coming players in his position in European football. The 24-year-old had enjoyed an outstanding season for OL, scoring 21 goals and producing nine assists.
His displays earned him a well-deserved place in Didier Deschamps 23-man World Cup squad. Fekir had previously been linked with a number of English clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United.
The player’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes believes that Fekir could still move on this summer. He told French media outlet Le Progres “Liverpool’s interest exists, but for now nothing is done. The transfer window is long. Other clubs could show interest.”
Turning their attention elsewhere
Liverpool may now switch their attention elsewhere, as the Reds attempt to strengthen their squad for a potential challenge for the Premier League title next season.
The Merseysiders have also been linked with a move for Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, who is available at the bargain price of £12million. The former Bayern Munich star is expected to move back to a Premier League club after the Potters relegation last season. He may now prove to be a more cost-effective alternative to Fekir.
Will Nabil Fekir stay at Lyon this summer?