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Lyon cancel dealings with Liverpool over Fekir transfer

AFP  |  Lyon 

ended negotiations with on Saturday over the possible transfer of forward Fekir to the League club.

"Fekir is staying at .. pending other propositions," said in a statement, just hours after the of the French federation (FFF) claimed Fekir had undergone a medical.

"The three-way negotiations with and Fekir for the transfer of the Lyon have not succeeded and Lyon have decided to end these negotiations tonight (Saturday) at 8pm," added the club in their statement.

The latest development in the on-off transfer saga came after had earlier said: "Nabil Fekir is in the process of being transferred."

That came just a day after Lyon branded reports of the pending deal as "fake news".

British and French media have been reporting for several days that the 24-year-old, who is part of France's squad, was on the verge of joining Liverpool for 60-70 million euros (USD 71-82 million).

But on Friday, Lyon released a statement "categorically" denying the reports.

"The transfer has not been done and even less so at this price," Jean-Michel Aulas, the Lyon said in a message to l'AFP.

Such a sum would top the record 53 million euros Lyon received for Alexandre Lacazette's switch to Arsenal a year ago.

Le Graet, speaking in Lyon a few hours before played the in a warm up game in the city, said: "These are negotiations. They can sometimes drag along.

"Every time a is on the market, there's a price; the buyer tries to lower the price, the seller tries to increase it -- it takes time. And even if he did not leave, he won't be devastated," Le Graet said at the opening of an indoor complex in Lyon.

"He's a lad who loves and likes Lyon, but for the moment, quite frankly he is only talking about the team.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 10:35 IST