Every day seems like a different story when it comes to Nabil Fekir and his proposed move to Liverpool this summer, and today is no different with reports suggesting the deal is close to collapse.
Just 24 hours ago, speculation was rife that a deal worth around £53 million was almost complete with even respected Merseyside journalist Paul Joyce claiming that the transfer would be completed on Friday.
However in the most dramatic of days, it appears that Fekir’s move the Premier League could be now on the brink of collapse.
Joyce, writing for the Times, now says:
“Liverpool’s £53 million move for Nabil Fekir was in doubt last night amid concerns over the Lyons playmaker’s fitness.”
While Joyce has previously written that the deal worth an initial payment of £48.4 million had been agreed with a further £4.4m to be paid in add-ons, Lyon took to Twitter yesterday to categorically deny any deal had been agreed.
There were however some leaks showing Fekir in a Liverpool shirt and even conducting his interviews with the club’s TV channel, with an announcement thought to be imminent.
However, an announcement never materialised and reports now suggest that the player had in fact failed his medical due to a knee problem, although Liverpool refused to comment. Fekir has previously ruptured a cruciate ligament in September 2015 that caused him to miss the majority of the 2015-16 campaign. He also missed several weeks of last season with a knee problem.
What is really going on though it seems like nobody knows. There are some reports that suggest the delay is due to Lyon wanting to include the deal in next year’s financial statements, while other reports suggest there are financial uncertainties on Fekir’s side.
What we do know though is that Fekir is in France’s squad for tonight’s World Cup warm-up game with the United States in Lyon, before they jet off to Russia.