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Liverpool FC deal for second summer signing stalls

Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir vies with Villarreal's Spanish midfielder Javier Fuego during the Europa League Round of 32 second leg football match between Villarreal CF and Transfer News: Liverpool set to complete a stunning €65m deal for Nabil Fekir
Tamara Craig | 10 June, 2018, 13:59

In a statement, Lyon said: "The three-way negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil were not successful and Olympique Lyonnais chose to end the negotiations at 20:00 (UTC)".

France Football Association president Noel Le Graet had suggested the move was nearly completed - according to reports in France - before Lyon's announcement.

"Fekir, reports the Liverpool-transfer-news-Nabil-Fekir" Sunday ExpressLiverpool-transfer-news-Nabil-Fekir" , had given the switch the green light.

Fekir's agent confirmed earlier this week that although Liverpool were interested in signing his client, the deal was far from being completed.

However, instead of the anticipated arrival of a club statement confirming the latest transfer coup, enough concerns materialised to ensure the signing did not progress as planned.

Nabil Fekir is soon to be a Red!

Halep wins first Grand Slam with comeback over Stephens
It certainly isnt very easy to overcome being a set down in the final of a Grand Slam you've already lost a couple of times. Stephens won the sixth game before Halep held her serve and completed the victory in front of a delighted Parisien crowd.

Fekir scored 21 goals in all competitions for Lyon this past season.

And on Saturday evening Lyon announced the deal was off, claiming their captain will remain at the club next season.

Liverpool were obviously cautious of spending £54 million on a player that could have a long-term knee issue. The Brazilian superstar moved to Barcelona for a fee of €120m, which, in turn, allowed Liverpool to splash the cash on Fekir this summer.

With France being one of the hotly tipped favourites for the tournament, it could be a while before Liverpool and Lyon return to the negotiating table.

Lyon posted messages on social networking site Twitter making it clear that no deal has been agreed with with the Reds over the 24-year-old, who can also operate as a forward. His ability to play a variety of positions already makes him a unique component in the final third and if he can stay healthy, he will no doubt improve the already lethal-looking Liverpool side.

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