Champions League finalist Liverpool Football Club pulled out of the deal to sign Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir after both clubs argued over the final fee for the player after his medical report was completed.
Fekir, who was so close to becoming a Liverpool FC player, passed a medical with the club and even took pictures and videos of himself in the Liverpool FC kit in preparation for his official unveiling as a Reds player.
However, after completing his medical with the club and passing it with no issues, his club Lyon decided to ask for more money after the Red’s negotiated a reduction in the transfer fee following concerns over knee injuries he had sustained in the previous three seasons at the club.
Before the medical had taken place both clubs were in heated negotiations over the transfer fee for the player who the Red’s rated in the €55m-€60m bracket. Armed with money from the sale of Philippe Coutinho, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas knew he could get extra money out of the Reds.
On Friday evening both clubs came to an agreement of a transfer fee of €55m upfront with €5m in added bonuses depending on player performances. The 24-year-old French international then took his medical in France and passed it with flying colours.
However, upon reading his medical results, Lyon decided to ask for more money based on his knee showing no issues. With a transfer fee already verbally agreed, Liverpool decided to walk away from the deal and have now decided to look at alternative targets.
Lyon released a statement on the clubs official twitter page confirming Fekir will be a Lyon player next season. However, many believe their club president is using the World Cup as a shopping window to push Fekir’s price tag even higher.
We will have to wait and see if the Reds will come back in with another bid following this summers World Cup.