Negotiations between Liverpool and Lyon over a transfer for Nabil Fekir are ongoing and progress could be made after the World Cup, according to respected RMC journalist Loic Tanzi.
Fekir had already filmed an introductory interview with LFCTV when the club sensationally walked away from the deal.
But French sources have repeatedly suggested that the move could happen after the World Cup, which concludes on Sunday when Fekir’s France face England or Croatia in the final.
In an interview with Get French Football News, Tanzi suggested that the deal may originally have fallen through not because of medical concerns, which would likely have spelled the end of Liverpool’s interest, but as a result of a last-ditch bid to increase the player’s £53million price tag.
“The Liverpool medical team came to Clairefontaine to conduct the medical, and it’s at that point that the sources diverge,” he explained. “We know that Liverpool at that point stopped discussing the transfer, even though up until that point they had been quite open about it.
“Some sources say that the medical had not gone well because of his knee issues, although that would surprise me; I don’t see why he can go play a World Cup with a bad knee but not for Liverpool next season.
“Others say that it’s because either his agent or Jean-Michel Aulas asked for more money towards the end. It’s hard to know who’s telling the truth.”
Tanzi is adamant that Liverpool will make a renewed effort to get their man in this transfer window, particularly given Fekir’s evident desire to move to Anfield.
“What I’m sure of is that that the saga isn’t over,” he said. “Liverpool will come back for Fekir at the end of the World Cup because he’s a player that Klopp’s been interested in for a while.
“I don’t know what the sticking point was, whether it was a financial or medical problem, but if it had been medical, Liverpool would have stopped the transfer right there and then, but at the moment negotiations seem to be going on.
“There’s a possibility that they’re using his knee as a means of paying less, but in the end, they have the money and they know he wants to come.”
If Liverpool cannot sign Fekir, they are expected to pursue an alternative option, with a versatile attacking midfielder their supposed priority in this window.