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Why Nabil Fekir deal fell through


Nabil Fekir has put the blame on an agent and not any medical concerns about his knee for scuppering his dream £53m transfer to Liverpool in the summer of 2018.

The Reds had just played in the Champions League final and were looking to strengthen ahead of challenging again at home and abroad. Fekir had been identified as someone to add depth and competition for places and appeared to be on the verge of completing the switch from Lyon.

But at the last minute everything seemed to crumble. The Frenchman didn’t join Liverpool and instead went to Real Betis a year later for only a fraction of the transfer fee.

At the time of the Liverpool deal collapsing, speculation was rife that the Premier League side pulled out as a result of Fekir’s medical highlighting a potential problem with his knee. But the player has insisted there was no truth to such claims and says it was used as an ‘excuse’.

“It was a dark moment. I saw plenty of things which weren’t true. It was said the knee stopped me going to Liverpool but that wasn’t true,” Fekir, a World Cup winner in 2018, has told The Times.

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