Liverpool's £53m move for Lyon's Nabil Fekir is OFF

Liverpool's £53m move for Lyon's Nabil Fekir is OFF

Liverpool's £53m move for Lyon's Nabil Fekir is OFF

Lyon say negotiations with Liverpool for the transfer of midfielder Nabil Fekir have ended and he will be staying at the club.

The two clubs had been discussing a deal for the playmaker worth 60m euros (£52.75m) - 55m (£48.35m) plus a maximum of 5m (£4.4m) add-ons.

However, well sourced stories from reporters close to Liverpool suggest the £50m deal to bring Fekir to Anfield is close to being completed, yet Aulas has continued to reject suggestions that he is close to selling his latest big-name star to an English club.

"Transfer negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and Olympique Lyonnais have made a decision to put an end to this negotiation tonight at 8pm", OL 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.

With the World Cup so close, the Reds do have a race against time to get a deal done before the competition in Russian Federation kick offs.

A source told ESPN FC on Thursday that Liverpool were confident about securing a €60 million deal for the France global, despite earlier comments from Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas that no transfer would be concluded before the World Cup.

The 24-year-old's switch to Merseyside was expected in the coming days with contract talks ongoing between the English club and Lyon.

Speculation is swirling about why the deal has not been rubber-stamped. "There is something logical, it has already been done for others".

Sky Sports News reporter Wright believes Fekir would be a great addition to the Liverpool FC team given Klopp's style of play.

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