French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyon have revealed that club captain Nabil Fekir will stay at the club amidst strong interest from English side Liverpool.
The two clubs had reportedly been in discussion over a deal worth 60m euros (£52.75m) – 55m (£48.35m) plus a maximum of 5m (£4.4m) add-ons for the playmaker only for Lyon to release a statement on Saturday that talks about the potential transfer of the 24-year-old “had not succeeded”.
The statement from Lyon read: “Although Liverpool has been the priority of a possible transfer of Nabil… Olympique Lyonnais is delighted to be able to count on the presence of their captain in 2018-2019.”
Nabil Fekir, who came through Lyon’s youth system and has scored 57 goals in 153 appearances since making his debut in 2013, is a part of France’s 23-man World Cup squad to this summer’s tournament in Russia.
His transfer would have him the Reds’ 3rd summer acquisition after the Anfield club snapped up Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from Monaco for £39m signing and Naby Keita joined from RB Leipzig in a deal worth £52.75m.