Why Nabil Fekir’s move has been delayed
Liverpool had hoped to announce the £53million signing of Lyon’s Nabil Fekir on Friday after the player agreed a five-year contract at Anfield.
However, the deal hit a snag, with the Reds now looking unlikely to get the transfer over the line before Fekir heads off to Russia with the France national team.
Reports overseas suggest the issue is in fact with Lyon – due to their accounting practices, according to RMC Sport.
The club is a publicly listed company, and strict stock market rules suggest they are not allowed to announce transfers until the window officially opens this weekend.
Further, it is understood their tough-negotiating president Jean-Michel Aulas wants to delay any official transfer until the end of the month, when any profits from sales would go into NEXT season’s accounts.
The French club already have a healthy balance sheet after the sale of Alexander Lacazette to Arsenal, and Aulas wants to delay a deal.