Lyon say negotiations with Liverpool for the transfer of midfielder Nabil Fekir have ended and he will be staying at the club.
The France international was expected to join Jurgen Klopp’s side before Les Bleus left for the World Cup, but Lyon have now halted talks and called off the deal.
“Transfer negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and Olympique Lyonnais have decided to put an end to this negotiation tonight at 8pm,” Lyon said in a statement on their official website.
Fekir’s agent confirmed earlier this week that although Liverpool were interested in signing his client, the deal was far from being completed.
“Talks with Liverpool will only happen when there is an agreement with Lyon and Jean-Michel Aulas gives the green light,” Jean-Pierre Bernes told French outlet Le Progres.
“Liverpool’s interest exists, but for now nothing is done. The transfer window is long. Other clubs could show interest.”
Fekir scored 21 goals and added nine assists in 39 appearances for Lyon last season.
Liverpool have already signed Fabinho from Monaco for £43.7m this summer.