It was announced by each and every reliable journalist that Fekir to Liverpool was set to be confirmed yesterday (Friday), so what’s happened?
It was rumoured early on Friday around social media that Fekir’s previous ACL knee injury and risk of future damage had been a concern for Liverpool, which was then confirmed by James Pearce.
However, in the same report for the Liverpool Echo, Pearce confirmed that Fekir had passed his medical folllwing a second consultation that morning. All indications were that the deal was about to go through, but no announcement was seen.
Some reports suggest that a potential stumbling block was actually financial incentives, which Liverpool may have desired to be lower given the risk of a knee injury.
A greater proportion of the payment being dependent on fitness or appearances would give Liverpool more security on their investment.
Other theories originating from French reports suggest that the deal was needed to be delayed till at least today (Saturday) for stock market reasons from Lyon’s side.
Is the deal off?
The general consensus amongst the most reliable journalists is that the deal is not off but may be delayed until after the World Cup, although all claims are not backed up by official club comments as of yet.
We will likely find out soon what the truth is in this bizarre transfer saga, for a man who has already agreed personal terms and taken the media announcement photos for the club.
The saga continues.