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Liverpool move for Nabil Fekir shrouded in mystery

Nabil Fekir’s move to Liverpool is shrouded in doubt on Saturday amid fears over the France star’s fitness.

The Lyon attacker was expected to be announced as a Liverpool player before the weekend after undergoing a medical on Thursday evening and Friday morning. The 23-year-old has agreed personal terms after the clubs concluded a deal over a transfer fee, and Fekir has had interviews and photos with Liverpool’s media department ready for the unveiling.

But that was held up on Friday as Fekir left Paris with the France squad for Saturday’s friendly meeting with USA in Lyon.

The Times and The Guardian say fears have grown that medical tests highlighted a knee problem, but Liverpool are understood to have been reassured after seeking a second opinion.

Reports in France suggest Lyon want to include the deal in the next financial year’s accounts, which would mean any announcement being held over until after June 30. The profits from sales of Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso last summer mean the Ligue 1 side’s accounts for 2017-18 are already in extremely good shape.

Lyon made an official statement on Friday morning insisting reports that a deal had been concluded was false. Their status as a PLC has led to a variety of speculation over what effect stock market procedures have had on the timing of any announcement.


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