Nabil Fekir's proposed move to Liverpool collapses

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

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

Olympique Lyonnais have put an end to negotiations with Liverpool for the proposed transfer of Nabil Fekir.

"I felt optimistic about it because the medical visit he had was positive".

According to French newspaper l'Equipe, the attacking midfielder had decided on his number with the transfer all but complete.

He may have made 39 appearances last season, scoring 23 goals, but concerns over the knee led to renewed discussions as Liverpool got cold feet over a deal.

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

With Lyon's latest statement emphatically explaining their position, it seems Liverpool will miss out on one of their primary transfer targets.

But on Friday, Lyon released a statement "categorically" denying the reports.

"The information on the transfer of Nabil Fekir is false".

Lyon have confirmed Nabil Fekir will stay at the club next season and will not join Liverpool.

"He will lead the club going into the 2018/2019 season".

Liverpool, on the other hand, were in dire need of someone like Fekir, especially after the departure of Philipe Coutinho earlier this year.

British and French media have been reporting for several days that the 24-year-old, who is part of France's World Cup squad, was on the verge of joining Liverpool for 60-70 million euros (USD 71-82 million). Nothing has yet emerged about how Fekir feels about his move to Liverpool being cancelled, but you can imagine he's not happy.

Although Fekir's playing style can be compared to Southampton's Sofiane Boufal, the Frenchman is way more accurate and efficient when it comes to his dribbling and overall ball distribution in the final third.

Lyon announce that they have ended negotiations with Liverpool over Nabil Fekir.

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