There are reports that Liverpool tried to take advantage of Nabil Fekir’smedical situation during negotiations with Olympique Lyonnais. The 24 year old attacking midfielder suffered an injury in 2015 whilst in action for the French national team. It is believed that the Redsdiscovered this during the player’s medical after negotiations have reached an advanced stage.
French sources now claim that Liverpool tried renegotiating the transfer price and this offended Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. The Ligue 1 side proceeded to end talks with Anfield immediately.
“Transfer negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and Olympique Lyonnais have decided to put an end to this negotiation tonight at 8pm,” the statement read.
The deal sent shockwaves across England as fans expected the deal to be completed ahead of the World Cup so the player can begin pre-season with the team afterwards. Several reasons were given for why the deal broke down abruptly even though there were some hints of delay all along.
Liverpool expected the player to be the replacement for Philippe Coutinho who moved to Barcelona during the winter transfer window. However the knee injury situation of Fekir means Liverpool would likely not be going through with the transfer.
There are reports that Liverpool are looking towards Thomas Lemar of AS Monaco. The Frenchman was subject to a big transfer move to England that never happened. The 22-year old has youth on his side and is a strong technical player that would be willing to play under Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool would face serious competition to lure him and would also pay a huge transfer fee though.
Moroccan Hakim Ziyech is another name being mooted to replace Coutinho at Anfield. The Ajax star has grown to become a phenomenal player in recent years. The current Dutch footballer of the year and Ajax Player of the year is a midfield maestro that can perform wonders for the Reds in the middle, just as Coutinho did.
AZ Alkmaar star AlirezaJahanbakhsh is another man that could join the Reds this summer. The 24-year old won the Golden Shoe after an excellent season at the Eredivisie. The Iran international could combine well with a host of players in the club, and add to the attacking power already at the side.