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Nabil Fekir deal 'unlikely before World Cup'

Nabil Fekir deal 'unlikely before World Cup'

Liverpool will open formal negotiations with Lyon this week over the possible transfer of Nabil Fekir, as per a report in L'Equipe.

Saturday night was one for Liverpool to forget as they crashed out of the Champions League with a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid and manager Jurgen Klopp was in no mood to hide his emotions after the final whistle.

Speaking to Telefoot on Sunday, Fekir said: "I'm not close to Liverpool".

The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with a £60m move to Anfield this summer as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left to join Barcelona in January, although last week Fekir revealed that he is "not close" to making a decision over his future.

Fekir has instructed his representatives to only negotiate personal terms with Liverpool once talks between the two clubs are at an advanced stage. As I said, I will take the time to think.

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Fekir's comments lend weight to Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas' recent claim that Fekir was having second thoughts about leaving the club.

This season, Fekir scored 23 goals and had seven assists in 43 matches in all competitions and helped Lyon finish third in the French league.

Klopp also gave an injury update on star man Mohamed Salah to the club's official website, with speculation that a suspected dislocated shoulder could lead to him missing the World Cup with Egypt this summer.

"We simply know that teams are interested", Aulas said. "If Nabil wants to play the Champions League in Groupama Stadium next year, we will be delighted".

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