Nabil Fekir will sign a contract with Liverpool today worth £140,000 and will cost £49 million in principle, with add-ons potentially taking the deal to £53m.
Despite Lyon denying a deal has been agreed after British press reported on Thursday that a fee has been agreed and Fekir will sign for Liverpool today, Dave Maddock reports for the Mirror that all will go ahead as reported yesterday evening.
In an official statement on their Twitter account, Lyon said: “The information on the transfer of Nabil Fekir is false. Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media about the transfer of Nabil Faulkner to the Liverpool club.
“In this period of transfers where the slightest rumour is often presented as a reality, Olympique Lyonnais recalls that only the information disseminated by the club on its website is authentic.”
Dave Maddock writes for the Mirror: “Nabil Fekir will sign a five year contract worth around £140,000 a week, as Liverpool aim to tie up his move today.
The midfielder was due to complete a medical at France’s Clairefontaine training complex this morning, before his national team depart for Lyon to prepare for their final World Cup preparation game, against the USA.”
He goes on to say that Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards was crucial while negotiating a deal for Fekir, ultimately getting Lyon to settle on £49 million in principle with £4m in “achievement-based add-ons.”
Fekir’s desire to get a deal done before the World Cup has been massively crucial as was the Champions League journey that Liverpool embarked on last season.
Maddock goes on to explain Lyon’s statement on Twitter as being due to their obligations as a publicly listed company.
He writes: “It is understood that as a publicly listed company Lyon are obliged to ensure any information that may affect share price is denied until any deal is officially completed – and the deal will not be done until the results of any medical are assessed and confirmed.
They are also obliged to ensure there are no false statements about the fee they will receive, and reports on the potential price for Fekir have varied wildly in the French media, which would explain the statement.”
The bottom line for Liverpool is that a deal will be completed today, with France national team coach Didier Deschamps refusing to allow players to leave his training camp in Russia to complete transfers.