Deal's OFF!! Nabil Fekir to stay put as Lyon make public declaration

Deal's OFF!! Nabil Fekir to stay put as Lyon make public declaration

The two clubs had been discussing a deal for the playmaker worth 60m euros (£52.75m) - 55m (£48.35m) plus a maximum of 5m (£4.4m) add-ons.

Lyon have ended negotiations with Liverpool over the transfer of captain Nabil Fekir, the Ligue 1 club announced on Saturday.

However, Lyon said on Saturday that talks about the potential transfer of their captain "had not succeeded".

Fekir's dribbling ability and clinical edge has won him admirers across Europe, with Jurgen Klopp keen to add to his already impressive set of attacking options.

"Olympique Lyonnais confirms that the tri-party negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the Lyon captain have not succeeded and that Olympique Lyonnais have chose to put an end to these negotiations at 20:00 [CET] on Saturday night", a club statement read.

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Fekir's transfer saga has been a long one, with Lyon recently denying any deal would happen before the World Cup, that starts next week, before rumours emerged that a deal could be completed by the end of this week.

He came through Lyon's youth system and has made 153 appearances for the club, scoring 57 goals, having made his debut in 2013.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is notoriously tough in transfer business but it is my understanding the deal has not fallen down because Liverpool tried to renegotiate the terms of the deal. The Brazilian superstar moved to Barcelona for a fee of €120m, which, in turn, allowed Liverpool to splash the cash on Fekir this summer.

Liverpool were hoping to finalise a deal with Fekir before France departed for the World Cup, which begins in Russian Federation next week.

Liverpool's medical staff flew out to Paris on Thursday, and Le Graet said they have examined the 24-year-old: "He had his medical visit at Clairefontaine".

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