Liverpool's £53m move for Nabil Fekir is OFF after Lyon announce negotiations 'had not succeeded' and he will stay with French side
- Liverpool appeared to be on brink of signing Nabil Fekir but move is no longer on
- Lyon club statement was released saying negotiations with Reds have ended
- French side are 'delighted to count on the presence of the captain' next season
- Message posted on official site has subsequently been taken down from page
- Sportsmail understands Liverpool wanted reduced fee due to medical issue
By Dominic King for MailOnline
Published: 14:31 EDT, 9 June 2018 | Updated: 20:32 EDT, 9 June 2018
Liverpool's £53million move Nabil Fekir is off after Lyon dramatically cancelled negotiations.
The France international, who scored 23 goals for Lyon in Ligue 1 last season, was Jurgen Klopp’s prime target for the summer and has been identified as Philippe Coutinho’s long-term replacement.
A five-year deal, worth more than £140,000 per week, had been agreed and Liverpool’s medical team travelled to Paris on Friday to conduct a medical at France national team base in Clairefontaine.
Nabil Fekir's potential move to Liverpool is off, according to a statement by Lyon
Initially Lyon released the statement on their website but it was removed shortly afterwards
An 'Error 404' message appeared on the website where the previous statement was posted
It had been expected that Liverpool would be in a position to announce his signature later that day but it is understood issues arose during the course of the fitness tests to make the Anfield club think twice.
There were suggestions in France that Liverpool had tried to renegotiate the terms of the deal that had been struck by Sporting Director Michael Edwards but that was never the case.
When the issue dragged into Friday, Lyon posted a statement on their website which confirmed the move was dead and made it clear that negotiations will not resume.
The Frenchman appeared to be on the brink of a move to Merseyside after his medical
It read: 'Olympique Lyonnais informs that the tripartite negotiations with the Liverpool club and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and that Lyon has decided to put an end to this negotiation on Saturday night.
'Although Liverpool has been the priority of a possible transfer of Nabil, and subject to other proposals consistent with the interest of Nabil and OL and from ambitious clubs, Lyon is delighted soon to be able to count on the presence of the captain who is a leading rookie for this season 2018/2019 during which the club will play the Champions League being in the 3rd hat of the draw.'
The statement was posted on Lyon's official club website, but was removed from the page shortly afterwards.
It is currently unknown as to why the original message was taken down.
But Lyon's latest statement was emphatic in it's explanation that he will stay at the club
The 24-year-old is in the France World Cup squad travelling to Russia this summer