Fekir was said to have required surgery after suffering a cruciate ligament rupture in September 2015 and he needed a second operation on the same knee nearly a year later. French news outlet L’Equipe reported that the Reds were not completely satisfied with the results of Fekir’s medicals and attempted to renegotiate Fekir’s valuation with Lyon.
The report also suggests the 24-year-old was very close to joining Liverpool that he had even selected his shirt number but now claims a deal between the Merseysider’s and the French club is “difficult to imagine”.
Nabil Fekir to Liverpool is done. Announcement this evening? pic.twitter.com/yRFu9G0Ogk
— Transfer News (@PurelyFootball) June 8, 2018
On Saturday, it was suggested that Liverpool were considering lowering Fekir’s asking price by French Football Federation chief Noel Le Graet.
“It’s always like that when you talk about a transfer – each club tries to raise his price, to lower his price, when there’s a hiccup someone wants it reduced. It’s part of the game.”
Fekir who came on as a second-half substitute in France’s 1-1 draw with USA on Saturday evening refused to speak to the media after the match between the two nation. And Lyon in a statement on Saturday evening after the match said:
“Although Liverpool has been the priority of a possible transfer of Nabil… Olympique Lyonnais is delighted to be able to count on the presence of their captain in 2018-2019.”
Nabil Fekir is such a great talent who would have been Liverpool’s best option in replacing Philippe Coutinho who joined Barcelona in January. The Frenchman registered 40 appearances for Lyon last season and netted 23 goals with eight assists.