A deal for Nabil Fekir is still possible and if Jurgen Klopp believes he can still sign the Frenchman he will wait, according to Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Seth.
When news broke that Liverpool’s much-publicised move for Fekir fell through, there was nothing but disbelief on social media but in Rousing the Kop’s WhatsApp group particularly.
It had looked as though everything had been sorted out, with Fekir going so far as to conduct an interview with LFCTV believing he was all but confirmed as a Liverpool player.
So when everything broke down – seemingly because the Reds tried to renegotiate the fee structure after an issue was found in the player’s medical – Jack Hallows researched the player’s injury history.
Relying on information taken from Liverpool fan Dr. David Geier, Jack found that Fekir’s history of knee injuries was cause for concern and it’s for this reason that the club sought a second opinion during the player’s medical in Clairefontaine.
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Liverpool were concerned about Fekir’s knee but they ultimately ruled that the injury wasn’t so serious that they would abandon a move.
The fallout came when they told Lyon they wanted to discuss restructuring payment in light of the risk involved in signing a player with a history of knee injuries, with fears over paying over £50million for someone who could suffer a reoccurrence of his ACL injury in 2016.
Sky Sports journalist Darmesh Sheth, speaking on a transfer talk podcast, said that he does believe that a deal for Fekir can still happen if Klopp believes there is the slightest chance of agreeing on a fee with Lyon.
Sheth said: “The deal was most definitely on and almost done.
“Could it be revived? Potentially. Liverpool are one of the few clubs that go for a player and, if it doesn’t work out, they wait. Jurgen Klopp was so adamant over Virgil van Dijk that he waited after the hoo-ha of last summer.
“It wouldn’t surprise me, if there is a chance this Fekir deal can be revived, that he won’t go for anyone else.”
I certainly believe that Fekir will eventually sign for the Reds this summer. While the Virgil van Dijk deal was different in that the player wasn’t injured, I do think there are similarities that make me feel as though there is life in this deal yet.
If the Frenchman does join the club, he will join the likes of Fabinho and Naby Keïta in a new-look Liverpool midfield.