Home Football English Football Fekir Has Had Liverpool Medical, Says French Football Boss

Fekir Has Had Liverpool Medical, Says French Football Boss

French forward Nabil Fekir (C) vies for the ball with Irish defender Declan Rice (R) during the friendly football match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France stadium, in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, on May 28, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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.”

_____

adc/pb/bc

About Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.