As part of his exclusive interview with Get French Football News, RMC journalist Loic Tanzi revealed that whilst stories on exactly why Liverpool didn’t complete the transfer of Nabil Fekir differ depending on who he talks to, he still expects the Reds to go back in for the French international after the World Cup.
Firstly, Tanzi explained exactly what happened to prevent the deal from going through in the first place.
According to what I’ve been told, Fékir had had an agreement with Liverpool for a long time now, and it’s the club where he wanted to be playing next year. Everything had been sorted but the minor details – in transfers, the fee is often very quickly sorted out, but the small clauses take up a lot of time to negotiate, the ones that involve an amount being paid based on appearances for the national team, for example. All of that was sorted towards the end, right before he left for Russia.
However, from that point onwards, Tanzi admits that the story changes depending on who he speaks to.
Then, the Liverpool medical team came to Clairefontaine to conduct the medical, and it’s at that point that the sources diverge. 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.
The journalist went on to say that he still expects Liverpool to come in for Fekir as if the issue was an injury, all talks would have been halted and he says that is not the case.
What I’m sure of, is that that the saga isn’t over. Liverpool will come back for Fékir at the end of the World Cup because he’s a player that Klopp’s been interested in for a while. I don’t 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.
This story is set to run all summer in what will likely become the latest in a long line of Liverpool-related transfer sagas.