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'Negotiations have not succeeded' - Lyon announce Nabil Fekir's move to Liverpool is off

The Lyon playmaker seemed to be heading towards Anfield but the move is off again.

Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir.
Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir.
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Updated at 7.25pm

NABIL FEKIR’S PROPOSED move to Liverpool will not go ahead, Lyon have announced.

The club provided an update on Saturday evening explaining that negotiations between the clubs had broken down and that the captain’s proposed move to Anfield was off.

The news comes as yet another twist in the transfer saga for the highly-rated 24-year-old attacker, who has been heavily linked with a €60 million move to the Premier League in recent weeks.

“Olympique Lyonnais [confirms] that negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the OL captain have not succeeded and that [the club] has decided to put an end to this negotiation tonight,” the club said.

“Although Liverpool have been [at the centre] of a possible transfer of Nabil, Olympique Lyonnais is delighted to be able to count on the presence of its captain for the 2018/2019 season, during which the club will play the Champions League.”

Speaking on Saturday, French FA President Noel Le Graet said that the player had completed a medical with Liverpool and that a move was all but imminent.

“He’s in the middle of negotiations and I think it’s done,” he had said. “I spent 15 minutes with him this morning — he’s in good spirits. He passed his medical in Clairefontaine.”

Lyon’s update has all but ended the transfer saga, however, meaning the playmaker will stay put in Ligue 1 for another season.

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