Lyon captain Nabil Fekir has told his club that he still wants to join Liverpool.
That is according to an article for The Mirror by David Maddock, in which he reports that the France international still has his heart set on making the move to Anfield this Summer.
He claims that the France international has met with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to ask him to allow the move to get back on track after a deal fell through before the World Cup.
Liverpool were on the verge of completing a deal worth around £53m before concerns over the results of his medical examination saw the club call a halt – after Fekir had done most of the formalities, including an interview wearing a team shirt.
The club are not prepared to complete a deal on the terms agreed prior to Fekir flying off to Russia with his French team-mates – but would be willing to renegotiate a fresh transfer agreement.
Maddock writes that “a restructuring meaning the fee was paid over the full length of his contract – which was agreed at five years on around £120,000 a week – and not up front could work, depending on his continuing fitness” and that could see him finally become a Liverpool player.
Aulas has proved a tough negotiator over the years and is unlikely to make a quick agreement to allow his skipper to walk out of the door for a fee lower than the one originally agreed between the two clubs.
But Fekir has made it clear to his president that he still wants to join Liverpool and become a member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad this Summer.