Lyon president reveals Nabil Fekir's transfer to join Liverpool is not close

Nabil Fekir Liverpool Lyon transfer news

It had been reported that the Frenchman would complete his move to Anfield before the tournament kicks off in Russian Federation, but Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas today (Thursday) said that it was far from a done deal.

"Talks between the clubs could conclude on Friday about a deal that may amount to 60m euros", reported the BBC.

L'Equipe says the Reds have agreed a £57.1million deal for Fekir.

It looks set to be a landmark summer for Liverpool, with FSG clearly fully invested into Klopp's vision for the club, and Europe's top talent quite clearly fond of a move to Merseyside after a second consecutive fourth place finish and coming agonisingly close to a sixth Champions League trophy in Kiev.

Progress over a deal has been slow, with Jean-Michel Aulas, the French club's president, stating on Thursday that he felt the move would not be completed until after the World Cup .

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The 24-year-old is part of the France squad for the upcoming World Cup. "(We) have not set a base price because we have not discussed this yet".

Aulas believes a pre-World Cup agreement may be the most profitable arrangement for Lyon after Didier Deschamps preferred Corentin Tolisso, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté in midfield for France's most recent warm up match.

The Reds are also considering whether to active the £12m release clause in Xherdan Shaqiri's contract as he is poised to leave Stoke City following their relegation to the Championship.

Fekir has also drawn interest from Chelsea and Bayern Munich, but Liverpool have been aggressive in chasing his signature.

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