Twenty-four hours after Merseyside media claimed a deal was completed bar the signing of the paperwork, Lyon sensationally terminated talks with Liverpool over the sale of Nabil Fekir.
The Guardian carries news of the collapse of negotiations from the Ligue Un club’s official website:
“Transfer negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and Olympique Lyonnais have decided to put an end to this negotiation tonight at 8 pm.
“Although Liverpool have been the priority of a possible transfer for Nabil … Olympique Lyonnais is delighted to be able to count on the presence of our captain, who is a leading player for the 2018-19 season when the club will play in the Champions League.”
Fekir was earmarked as Jurgen Klopp’s marquee signing this summer and negotiations were moving quickly.
The German and the Liverpool director of football Michael Edwards were in Paris to complete the deal, but questions arose after Fekir initially failed a medical due to a knee issue.
However, after a second opinion was sought, Liverpool were satisfied there was no long-term problem and everyone, including French Football Federation chief Noel Le Graet, believed the Reds were set to sign-off the paperwork.
That won’t, it seems, be happening any time soon.