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Liverpool agree Nabil Fekir deal with Lyon

Liverpool agree Nabil Fekir deal with Lyon

However Liverpool have made significant progress in their pursuit of the Ligue 1 side's captain, who is keen to join the Champions League finalists.

The Reds were hoping to get a deal done before the World Cup kicks off, but the selling party are not interested. The two clubs have agreed a transfer fee of 65 million euros plus 7 million in add-ons.

Didier Deschamps' team play the United States in Lyon on Saturday in their final warm-up game before the finals.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas appeared to rule out Liverpool's chances of signing Fekir before the tournament in Russian Federation and the Reds feared the French club were using the World Cup to ramp up the price for the midfielder.

'The deal is at a standstill.

"Nothing has happened", he told the French club's official website on Thursday.

"The deal will certainly not close during the World Cup and I do not think there is any change before the World Cup".

The Reds earmarked the attacker as a key signing for this summer, with Jurgen Klopp clearly intent on overhauling the midfield following deals for Fabinho and Naby Keita.

'We haven't set a starting price because we haven't discussed that yet'.

Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid have also been linked with Fekir, who can operate in a number of forward roles and would in effect be Philippe Coutinho's replacement at Anfield.


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