The attacking midfielder was on the verge of completing the transfer to Anfield before the World Cup, but Liverpool’s medical team wasn’t happy with the state of his knee. Fekir suffered ligament damage in 2015 that made him miss seven months of football, and has had surgery on the same knee again.
Liverpool then reportedly tried to renegotiate the transfer by offering a lower fee than initially agreed, prompting Lyon to withdraw from the talks and declare the deal dead. Since then, Lyon presidend Jean-Michel Aulas has spoken about interest from other clubs, namely Real Madrid and Manchester United, but apparently it is nothing more than an attempt to make Liverpool pay as high a fee as possible.
Aulas hoped Fekir’s involvement in the World Cup would drive the price up, but so far he’s been given very little time on the pitch at the tournament and hasn’t been able to impress as France secured passage into the quarterfinals with a win over Argentina on Saturday.
With Fabinho and Naby Keita already signed from Monaco and RB Leipzig respectively, the arrival of Fekir would complete manager Jürgen Klopp’s new midfield design.
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