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Nabil Fekir deal is off, confirm Lyon

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Frederick Owens | 10 June, 2018, 11:45

Liverpool were forced to delay announcing the £53m signing of Fekir on Friday before Lyon said yesterday evening they have pulled the plug.

"In this period of transfers where the slightest rumour is often presented as a reality, Olympique Lyonnais recalls that only the information disseminated by the club on its website is authentic".

Lyon have ended negotiations with Liverpool over the transfer of captain Nabil Fekir, the Ligue 1 club announced on Saturday.

"Olympique Lyonnais are delighted to count on our captain for the 2018/19 season".

He came through Lyon's youth system and has made 153 appearances for the club, scoring 57 goals, having made his debut in 2013.

Nevertheless, they have already made some impressive additions in time for next season, with Naby Keita and Fabinho joining the Reds from Leipzig and Monaco respectively. The Brazilian superstar moved to Barcelona for a fee of €120m, which, in turn, allowed Liverpool to splash the cash on Fekir this summer.

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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.

Fekir is part of France's squad for the 2018 World Cup and on Saturday French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet claimed he had undergone a Liverpool medical at Les Bleus' Clairefontaine training base.

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

The Mirror report that talks are set to resume after the World Cup, despite Lyon today putting out a statement saying that negotiations had been halted with Liverpool over any potential deal.

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

What's frustrated Liverpool fans most is how everything was so close to completion.

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