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Fekir staying at Lyon despite FFF chief's medical claims

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Rita Gibson | 10 June, 2018, 11:41

Lyon have indicated that captain Nabil Fekir will be staying at the club after breaking off transfer negotiations with Liverpool.

Fekir even conducted interviews with the club's in-house media team.

In a statement, Lyon said: "The three-way negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil were not successful and Olympique Lyonnais chose to end the negotiations at 20:00 (UTC)".

According to reports from L'Equipe, the star attacker will move to the Premier League for a fee of a staggering €65m, which could potentially increase as much as €72m due to added bonuses.

Earlier today, Le Graët had told reporters he believes negotiations for Fekir's move to Anfield are nearing completion, claiming the player passed the requisite physical checks at France's Clairefontaine base.

Liverpool have already made some strong strides in the transfer market this summer, having recruited Fabinho from Monaco on top of the pre-agreed arrival of Naby Keita, and securing Fekir ahead of the World Cup would continue their excellent business. "He's in the middle of negotiations and I think it's done", the FFF president said.

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"I felt optimistic about it because the medical visit he had was positive".

"It would be better for him if his transfer was recorded before the departure for Russian Federation, but he did not seem disturbed to me".

Aulas rubbed salt into Anfield wounds with a message on Twitter before Fekir turned out for the French national team against the U.S. last night.

However, reports in France suggested the delay may be down to Lyon's accountancy practices wanting the deal to be completed in the new financial year.

He has won a place in the France World Cup squad for his performances, though Antoine Griezmann is set to be preferred to him in the starting XI for Saturday's final warm-up friendly against the USA.

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