Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reckons he pulled the plug on Nabil Fekir’s potential move to Liverpool.
he French World Cup winner almost joined the Reds in June only for the deal to fall through at the final hurdle.
“At the final moment, the three parties did not find an agreement, but not just Liverpool and Lyon, who had had an agreement,” Aulas told RMC.
“There was a change of heart from Liverpool’s point of view, as we were in a tight situation in that Nabil was about to go to the World Cup. We decided to finish talks.
“Nabil at the time was OK with all of that.”
Aulas also rejected the notion that Liverpool rejected a deal for the playmaker due to a long-standing knee injury.
“I think it was one of the arguments that was used on the Liverpool side, but personally I do not think it was the real reason,” he added.
The president also remains keen on tying down his 25-year-old skipper with a new deal at Lyon.
“It is ongoing, it is on my desk,” he said.
“We are going to make it so that he is aware of it soon, with complete transparency.”
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