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Nabil Fekir to Liverpool deal “not over” says player’s agent

Nabil Fekir’s agent has provided hope that a deal between Liverpool and Lyon could be revived, after the collapse of their initial agreement.

The Reds had lined up a £48.4 million fee with the Ligue 1 side earlier this month, with Fekir undergoing a medical in Clairefontaine prior to the World Cup.

But after an expected announcement was delayed it emerged that doctors had reservations over the attacking midfielder’s fitness, ending negotiations.

However there remained hopes that a new deal could be struck after the tournament in Russia, with suggestions Liverpool were seeking to restructure to reflect their concerns.

And speaking to French outlet La Chaine Info on Monday evening, Fekir’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes renewed hopes that Fekir could still join Jurgen Klopp‘s side this summer.

“Well he didn’t sign because well…it is not over!” he explained. “This is not the end of the story.”

Despite Lyon insisting he would remain at Parc Olympique Lyonnais next season, with Fekir having set his sights on a move to Merseyside it is certainly feasible talks could recommence.

Nabil Fekir of France in action during the International friendly match between France and Republic of Ireland at Stade de France in Saint Denis, Paris, France on May 28, 2018 (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)

If Liverpool are able to renegotiate with the French side, and their president Jean-Michel Aulas, he would still be an excellent addition.

Fekir was identified as the ideal replacement for Philippe Coutinho, and top-level support for Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and finding an alternative would be difficult.

West Ham‘s Manuel Lanzini was floated as a possibility but his World Cup-ending knee injury has seen hopes dashed, while the likes of Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and free agent Bruno Fernandes have yet to be linked by a concrete source.

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