Fekir staying at Lyon despite FFF chief's medical claims

Grant SmithJun 11, 2018

"Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media about the transfer of Nabil Faulkner to the Liverpool club", read the Lyon statement.

"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.

The notoriously tough negotiator has always wanted to hold onto his prized asset until after the tournament, in the hope that a bidding war will ensue should the attacker shine in Russian Federation this summer. The veteran administrator has no concerns over the saga lingering on into France's World Cup campaign, where they have been drawn alongside Denmark, Peru and Australia in Group C.

Overall, Nabil Fekir is undoubtedly a world-class talent who can strengthen Liverpool's attacking department.

"Transfer negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and Olympique Lyonnais have chose to put an end to this negotiation tonight at 8pm", Lyon said in a statement on their official website.

A product of Lyon's successful youth academy, the skillful forward has 58 goals in 161 games for Lyon.

Liverpool have already signed Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from Monaco for £39m signing, while Naby Keita is joining from RB Leipzig in a deal worth £52.75m.

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.

Klopp saw the gifted 24-year-old slotting into the role vacated by Philippe Coutinho - who joined Barcelona in January - and adding to the threat of Liverpool's "Big Three" of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Speculation is swirling about why the deal has not been rubber-stamped.

Nabil Fekir will not be moving to Liverpool, according to a statement released by Lyon.

Liverpool did not attempt, suggest or offer to renegotiate any terms for Fekir.

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