France’s Nabil Fekir celebrates scoring their second goal with Kylian Mbappe. (Reuters)
France forward Nabil Fekir’s move from Lyon to Champions League runner-up Liverpool fell through on Saturday. Lyon said in a brief statement it decided to “end negotiations.” The 24-year-old Fekir reportedly had his medical with a view to a move for 65 million euros ($77 million), plus eventual bonuses.
Even though Lyon said joining Liverpool was Fekir’s “priority,” the seven-time French champion was “delighted” to count on him for next season. Fekir had a fine season, scoring 18 league goals as Lyon finished third to qualify for the Champions League playoffs. A product of Lyon’s successful youth academy, the skillful forward has 58 goals in 161 games for Lyon. He is in France’s World Cup squad.