Fekir To United? Lyon President Talks About His “Long Discussions” With Mourinho

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Sagas have a bad habit of being dragged out, rolled into the mud of rumours, occasionally seeing the light of the day, and when failing to come to fruition, see out a painful death, but with a hint of resurrection in tow.

Such a case might now be true for France’s talented midfielder Nabil Fekir, who for much of the summer, was touted to join Liverpool from Lyon.

The deal was believed to have been in place, with several claims being made that the 24-year-old was all set to be unveiled as well, before Lyon pulled the plug in the last minute.

It is still unsure what was the precise reason for the deal falling apart, with claims varying across the board – from a Champions League thrust to an alleged flaw in the player’s medical history. Fekir has meanwhile been phenomenal for France in the World Cup, and now, there could be another twist in the tale.

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Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed the following to beIN Sports (via Manchester Evening News): “I was with Jose Mourinho the other day. We had long discussions. Personally, I am no longer in discussions with Liverpool. At the moment, we are waiting for France and Nabil to have a fantastic World Cup.”

He added regarding the Liverpool deal fallout: “It was expected at a certain point for him to go to Liverpool. I gave the green light. It did not happen because things were dragged out too long.”

Now, if United are truly interested, then the Frenchman would be an apt replacement for the allegedly departing Marouane Fellaini.

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Further, with Mourinho eager for a match-winner, Fekir could truly function as the extra factor that Old Trafford missed during the previous campaign.

But with the stance that Lyon allegedly took with Liverpool, this speculation seems dubious to say the least.

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