Lyon deny agreement with Liverpool for Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir Liverpool Lyon transfer news

GETTYNabil Fekir to Liverpool Lyon are making plans regarding his replacement

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.

Fekir has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks after Jurgen Klopp identified the French worldwide as a prime summer transfer target.

Following speculation by a number of media outlets, Lyon tweeted on Friday: "The information on the transfer of Nabil Fekir is false".

Fekir is a prime target of Liverpool's this summer and the club are willing to offer Lyon €55 million plus up to another €5m in add-ons as they look to strengthen their options in the final third of the pitch.

Manager Jurgen Klopp didn't sign a specific replacement for Philippe Coutinho when he departed for Barcelona in January, but Fekir could be compared to the Brazilian.

Nabil Fekir was expected to be announced as a Liverpool player on Friday, but that could now be in jeopardy.

Lyon had posted a statement denying that a deal had been agreed but this is believed to be due to the fact that Lyon are publicly listed and must comply with strict regulations that could affect share prices.

Lyon categorically denied as "fake news" media reports suggesting that a transfer would take place within hours which would bring 24-year-old Fekir to Anfield once he has finished duty for France at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by the media about the transfer of Nabil Fekir to Liverpool.

It's certainly a fascinating situation and it's going to be interesting to see how things progress over the next 24 hours.

A deal in principal may have been agreed but the two clubs could still be haggling over the minor details and Lyon have released their statement to put the pressure on Liverpool to meet their demands.

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