- Nabil Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool has taken several unprecedented turns in the last 24 hours
- The transfer has been delayed due to certain ‘financial disagreements’ in the player’s camp, according to L’Equipe
The Nabil Fekir to Liverpool saga continues to boil on, with the transfer taking numerous turns in the last two days. Amid all the drama, the player was seen having fun with his France teammates during a training session at Olympique Lyon’s Groupama Stadium, where he will be turning up against USA in a pre-World Cup friendly later today. While the stadium continues to be his ‘home ground’ for the time being, the future is clearly uncertain.
On Thursday (June 7), leading French newspaper L’Equipe had reported that Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool was agreed and everything was in place for a big announcement on Friday (June 8). What actually unfolded yesterday was nothing short of a well-written film script.
First up, Lyon came out with an official statement denying that the deal had been struck. Later, Fekir’s knee issues came into the picture. Then, the fact that Lyon is a public listed company and the fear of share market fluctuations was also listed as one of the possible reasons for the delay in announcement.
Financial disagreements holding up Fekir’s Liverpool transfer?
However, L’Equipe, in their Saturday’s edition have pointed out that none of the above reasons hold any real ground as was also seen in the club’s share price which was stable throughout Friday. While the nature of dispute between Liverpool and Lyon is largely unknown, the newspaper has suggested that there could be ‘financial disagreement’ on the terms offered by the Reds and Fekir’s representatives as they had expected a better deal.
L’Equipe even quoted a Liverpool source reacting to the situation saying, “It’s madness”. Those on the side of Fekir were generally quiet but optimistic about the deal going through, with someone close to the player being quoted as saying “It’ll get better” on Friday night.
This Liverpool transfer news story also reveals that the club’s chief scout Barry Hunter flew to Lyon yesterday with the sole objective of ironing out the difference and getting the complicated transfer over the line.
Further, the paper has also suggested that the conclusion to this puzzling Nabil Fekir Transfer News could be found by both parties in the next few hours. Will the 24-year-old attacker be a Liverpool player before flying out to Russia? The answer to that is yet unknown.
Whatever be the outcome, tonight Fekir will step on to the pitch of Stade de Lyon with the French team to play their last warm-up fixture before the World Cup and is believed to have bought a number of tickets for his friends and family to come watch him play at a ground which is still is home. For the time being, at least.
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