Liverpool have denied reports that Lyon’s attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir is due for a medical today, according to a reliable journalist.
The Guardian’s Ed Aarons has said that Lyon want €70million (£61million) for Fekir but no agreement has been reached yet.
Liverpool say there is no truth in reports that Nabil Fekir is due for a medical today. Lyon want around €70m for the France forward but no agreement as yet
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) June 3, 2018
Following this, David Maddock from the Mirror made a similar claim, saying that no deal was imminent and that the player did not travel to Liverpool.
He went further and said that president Jean-Michel Aulas want to wait until after the World Cup finals, which might increase the fee they can charge Liverpool.
Fekir did NOT travel to Liverpool this weekend. No deal imminent. He has told Lyon he wants to go, but discussions still in formative stages, with French club president Jean-Michel Aulas keen to wait until after World Cup in hope of fee increase. Fekir will leave and wants @LFC
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) June 3, 2018
Both of these journalists have poured cold water on French journalist Romain Collet-Gaudin, who reported that the player and his agent were due in Liverpool on Sunday to conclude the deal.
#Fekir et son agent Jean-Pierre #Bernès devraient être ce dimanche 03/06/2018 à #Liverpool pour régler les derniers détails du transfert de l'international français. Si tout va bien, visite médicale dans la foulée ! #LFC pic.twitter.com/PH1Eu67Sga
— Romain Collet-Gaudin (@RomainCG75) June 2, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
Bad news for Liverpool fans who will have been getting excited at reports that the Fekir deal was all but done. It doesn’t scotch the deal completely, but it does look like it might drag on a lot longer than Liverpool would have wanted. With the World Cup finals less than two weeks away we’d imagine a lot of significant business will slow down now, with some managers hoping that fees will increase if players perform well, and others keen to make sure their proposed targets don’t get injured before the start of the season. It sounds like Fekir wants to join up with Klopp at Liverpool, and that the deal is still likely, but it remains to be seen when Liverpool will land their man and how much they’ll have to pay to do it. The information from Canal+ journalist Collet-Gaudin is normally good but it seems that he’s wide of the mark with this one.
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