Liverpool suffer Nabil Fekir blow

Liverpool are unlikely to sign Nabil Fekir before the World Cup kicks off next week, according to Lyon’s CEO Jean-Michel Aulas.

Liverpool had hoped that they could capture the Frenchman’s signature in the coming days. Reports were even circulating Liverpool may announce a transfer on Friday, but Aulas has rubbished claims a deal for Fekir could be concluded before or during the World Cup.

In a video on Lyon’s official website, Aulas said of Fekir: “The deal is at a standstill, there is no way forward.

“The deal will certainly not be closed during the World Cup and I don’t think there will be any change before the World Cup.
“We haven’t set a price tag because we haven’t discussed this (Fekir’s transfer) yet.”

It seems Aulas is keen to wait to conclude a deal until after the World Cup, as the Lyon chief hopes Fekir’s performances could drive up his transfer fee or start a bidding war.

The Reds planned to conclude at least one major deal before the finals begin in Russia next week, having already snapped up Fabinho from Monaco to join the incoming Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

Fekir who is estimated to worth around £60 million is the Merseyside club’s main target, and the player is understood to prefer a move to Liverpool despite reported interest from Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.

As well as targeting Fekir, Liverpool are also seeking a further signing to bolster their attacking ranks, and are pondering moves for Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri or Gent’s Nigeria international winger Moses Simon.