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Liverpool's pursuit of the France worldwide involves dealing with Aulas, who is known to be an extremely tough negotiator, and said on Thursday in quotes published on Lyon's website that no deal for Fekir will be completed before or during the World Cup, in which the versatile attacking midfielder will be appearing.

Aulas is said to want Fekir to stay until after the World Cup in the hope of attracting a bigger transfer fee as Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are also reportedly keen on signing the 24-year-old this summer. "It has not at all advanced", said Aulas.

Despite this, the Mirror are now claiming that a five-year contract has in fact been signed by the World Cup-bound man, with the club set to unveil the signing on Friday afternoon. "The case certainly won't be resolved during the World Cup".

However, Lyon dismissed the rumours, highlighting gossip amid the transfer window. "Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by media about the transfer of Nabil Fekir to Liverpool".

The information on the transfer of Nabil Fekir is false.

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"Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media about the transfer of Nabil Fekir to the Liverpool club", read a statement on the official Lyon Twitter account.

According to French radio station RMC, the midfielder did have a medical at the French national team's base at Clairefontaine, although Lyon have denied agreeing to sell Fekir.

What on earth is going on here? While Lyon's announcement could be an indication of a deal being in jeopardy, it could just as well be a PR stunt.

Fekir has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks after Jurgen Klopp identified the French global as a prime summer transfer target.


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