On Thursday, it seemed as though Liverpool had finally got their man.
Multiple reports claimed the Reds had agreed a deal to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon, ending a long-running pursuit of the 24-year-old Frenchman.
The move would cost Liverpool £53 million and Fekir would be announced before the World Cup.
Liverpool fans waited all day on Friday for an announcement but it never came.
That is despite medical staff travelling to Paris to carry out a medical.
Then, late on Friday, a bombshell was dropped. The move for Fekir is now in doubt.
According to Andy Hunter of The Guardian, Liverpool have fears over Fekir’s fitness.
DEAL WAS IN ADVANCED STAGES
The attacking midfielder missed the majority of the 2015-16 season after rupturing a cruciate ligament and also missed several weeks of last season due to a knee issue.
It’s now unclear whether Liverpool will sign the Lyon player before the World Cup.
The deal was so far advanced that Fekir had agreed terms on a five-year contract and even conducted an introductory interview with Liverpool’s in-house television channel LFCTV.
It’s pretty interesting that Liverpool would go to such lengths, only for the move to be thrown into doubt.
Leaked image of the Fekir announcement 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/eaLw4ExZrW
— LFC-Chat (@LFCChatBlog) June 8, 2018
Fekir is set to appear for France against the United States on Saturday before flying out to Russia for the World Cup on Monday.
With France coach Didier Deschamps refusing to allow his players to leave camp to conduct transfer business, there’s every chance Liverpool will have to wait until after the World Cup to conclude the deal.
According to the Mirror, Liverpool are not now anticipating any new signings in the immediate future unless the Fekir situation changes.
The attacking midfielder was set to sign a £140,000-per-week contract to join the Champions League finalists, who view him as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
We’ll now have to wait and see whether Liverpool will sign Fekir.
He was set to become the club’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Fabinho from AS Monaco.
Liverpool managed to complete that deal within two hours of speculation emerging; with Fekir, it’s been the complete opposite.
The France international has been on Jurgen Klopp’s radar for some time and the German was probably delighted when it seemed as though he’d beaten Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid to Fekir’s signature.
Now, he might have to start pursuing a different player.