The president of the French football federation (FFF) said on Saturday that Lyon’s Nabil Fekir would join Liverpool, just a day after his club called reports of the transfer “fake news”.
“Nabil Fekir is in the process of being transferred,” Nool Le Graet told French radio. “He has undergone a medical.”
Forward Fekir is in the French World Cup squad.
British and French media have been reporting for several days that the 24-year-old was on the verge of joining Liverpool for 60 million euros ($71 million, £53 million).
On Friday, Lyon released a statement “categorically” denying the reports.
“The transfer has not been done and even less so at this price,” Jean-Michel Aulas, the Lyon chairman said in a message to l’AFP.
Le Graet, speaking in Lyon a few hours before France played the United States in a World Cup warm up game in the city, said: “These are negotiations. They can sometimes drag along.
“Every time a player is on the market, there’s a price, the buyer tries to lower the price, the seller tries to increase it, it takes time.
“And even if he did not leave, he won’t be devastated. He’s a lad who loves football and likes Lyon, but for the moment, quite frankly he is only talking about the France team.”
© Agence France-Presse (additional edits from Chris Kelleher)