Lyon call fake news on Nabil Fekir Liverpool link

Nabil Fekir Liverpool Lyon transfer news

French club Lyon denounced "fake news" Friday amid reports that captain Nabil Fekir's signature for Liverpool in a £53 million (Rs 482 crore) deal was imminent.

A source said on Thursday that a fee has yet to be agreed, but discussions have taken a positive turn and there is optimism growing on Merseyside that Liverpool could secure a deal prior to France flying out to Russian Federation.

An official club statement published on Twitter has denied the rumours, claiming the information of Fekir's transfer is false.

Manager Jurgen Klopp didn't sign a specific replacement for Philippe Coutinho when he departed for Barcelona in January, but Fekir could be compared to the Brazilian.

Liverpool have been proactive in the transfer market already, with Naby Keita set to join from RB Leipzig having agreed a deal past year, while Fabinho - a regular opponent of Fekir in Ligue 1 with Monaco - has also signed.

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Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has a reputation for being a tough negotiator, and Friday is emerging as a key day in talks as Liverpool move to get the deal completed before the weekend.

They tweeted: "In this period of transfers where the slightest rumour is often presented as a reality, Olympique Lyonnais reminds that only the information broadcast by the club on its website is authentic".

Fekir has signed a 5-year contract with Liverpool and the deal could be officially announced within hours.

As of 10am, the latest report is from the Guardian's Andy Hunter, who says the player is due to undergo a medical and sign terms on Friday.

A deal in principal may have been agreed but the two clubs could still be haggling over the minor details and Lyon have released their statement to put the pressure on Liverpool to meet their demands.

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