Reliable French journalist Loïc Tanzi has said that he expects Liverpool to make a return for Nabil Fekir after France come back from the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
While many fans are talking about Loris Karius and his latest embarrassing mistake in net, talk of Nabil Fekir hasn’t been dropped just yet as all hope of a deal being completed is yet to be taken away.
The 24-year-old was as close to joining Liverpool as you possibly can be without actually being a Liverpool player. Fekir had conducted a medical, an LFCTV interview and had his heart set on an Anfield switch before it all came crashing down.
An issue found in his medical led to sporting director Michael Edwards looking to lower the transfer fee before Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas pulled the plug on talks between the two parties.
Speaking to popular and trustworthy French news website GFFN, RMC journalist Loïc Tanzi has revealed that he expects Liverpool to make a return for Fekir before the summer is over.
“According to what I’ve been told, Fekir had had an agreement with Liverpool for a long time now, and it’s the club where he wanted to be playing next year,” Tanzi said.
“Everything had been sorted but the minor details – in transfers, the fee is often very quickly sorted out, but the small clauses take up a lot of time to negotiate, the ones that involve an amount being paid based on appearances for the national team, for example. All of that was sorted towards the end, right before he left for Russia.
“Then the Liverpool medical team came to Clairefontaine to conduct the medical, and it’s at that point that the sources diverge. We know that Liverpool at that point stopped discussing the transfer, even though up until that point they had been quite open about it.
“Some sources say that the medical had not gone well because of his knee issues, although that would surprise me; I don’t see why he can go play a World Cup with a bad knee but not for Liverpool next season.
“Others say that it’s because either his agent or Jean-Michel Aulas asked for more money towards the end. It’s hard to know who’s telling the truth.
“What I’m sure of, is that that the saga isn’t over. Liverpool will come back for Fekir at the end of the World Cup because he’s a player that Klopp’s been interested in for a while.”
The Mirror’s Dave Maddock also reports that Fekir has an agreement with Aulas that he will return to negotiating after the World Cup to help resurrect the Frenchman’s “dream move” to Anfield.