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Liverpool resume talks for Lyon and France star Nabil Fekir after original deal collapsed over injury worry

The French midfielder was ready to put pen to paper earlier this year, but medical tests revealed a knee injury that left the Reds attempting to renegotiate the deal

Liverpool are reportedly back on talking terms with Lyon in order to secure Nabil Fekir’s signature.

Back in June, the Reds began negotiating with the French side in order to bring the 24-year-old to Merseyside, but pulled out when they discovered an underlying medical issue.

Fekir has featured for France during the World Cup, but his future is uncertain after a first attempt at moving to Liverpool fell through

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Fekir has featured for France during the World Cup, but his future is uncertain after a first attempt at moving to Liverpool fell through

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It left the French side fuming, particularly the club’s president Jean-Muchael Aulas.

Aulas hit back at Liverpool’s attempt to renegotiate, by claiming that the midfielder’s price would go up after Fekir’s participation in the World Cup.

According to the Mirror, the deal was almost a dead-cert and the Frenchman had even filmed an interview with LFC TV which unveiled him as their latest addition.

The issue that scuppered Fekir’s move was an injury from back in 2015 when the midfielder ruptured three ligaments in his right knee back, ruling him out for months.

Liverpool have begun to renegotiate a deal to bring Fekir on board; they originally had concerns over a long-standing knee injury after the midfielder had surgery in 2015

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Liverpool have begun to renegotiate a deal to bring Fekir on board; they originally had concerns over a long-standing knee injury after the midfielder had surgery in 2015Although he returned to full fitness last season and racked up 20 goals, Liverpool had concerns that there might be further complications asked to renegotiate the deal, feeling the £53million price tag was a little high for a player who the medics had concerns over.

Specifically, the medical team weren’t happy with the results they found regarding Fekir’s knee reconstruction surgery, in 2015.


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Fekir's price tag was originally £53million, but Lyon's president warned it could increase after his World Cup performance

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Fekir’s price tag was originally £53million, but Lyon’s president warned it could increase after his World Cup performance

With the Reds wanting to put caveats in to the deal relating to the injury,  the move to Anfield subsequently fell through.

Should he finally move to Liverpool, after the World Cup, he won’t be the only newbie.

In Merseyside, Naby Keita and Fabinho have confirmed their commitment to the Reds and start their career with the club today.


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