Major doubts over Liverpool’s £53m deal for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir

Matthew Briggs

Liverpool’s £53million move for Nabil Fekir is in doubt after concerns over the Lyon attacker’s fitness.

Jurgen Klopp had targeted the France star as his No.1 target to replace Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona in January.

And the 24-year-old looked all set to follow Naby Keita and Fabinho in signing for the Anfield club, but still no official announcement has been made with Liverpool offering no explanation.

The club were expected to officially announce the transfer yesterday and leaked pictures revealed that Fekir had recorded an interview with the club’s media channels.

But despite being picture in a Liverpool strip, Fekir has yet to sign with the Liverpool Echo yesterday reporting that the club were seeking a second opinion on a keen problem, but had passed a medical.

Now The Times and The Telegraph both suggest the deal has not gone to plan, Liverpool however have not said that Fekir has failed a medical.

Liverpool’s medical staff were at France’s base in Paris after a fee of £48.4million deal, with £4.4 million in potential add-ons had been agreed with Lyon, while personal terms with the player are also believed to have been signed off.

Fekir is in France’s squad for tonight’s World Cup warm-up game with the United States in Lyons, but any hope Liverpool had of sealing the deal before then look to have been floored.

Klopp will now be determining whether the Fekir deal can proceed or whether Liverpool must switch to an  alternative target.