Liverpool 's £53million move for Nabil Fekir collapsed on Saturday night amidst reports that Lyon pulled out of the deal when the Reds tried to get the French international on the cheap after seeing the results of his medical. A knee problem was hampering Jurgen Klopp's bid to get the transfer sealed before the World Cup. And the deal now looks dead after Lyon issued a statement confirming they had pulled out of talks with Liverpool. The statement read: “Olympique Lyonnais informs that negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the Lyon captain have not been successful and Lyon have decided to bring an end to these negotiations.” Fekir suffered a serious knee injury playing for France three years ago. But suggestions that he had failed the medical seemed unfounded when French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet claimed the player had passed the necessary physical tests. The terms of Fekir's five-year contract were also agreed, but it is … [Read more...] about The real reason why Nabil Fekir’s £53m transfer to Liverpool has collapsed
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After the lightning, the thunder. Minutes after blitzing Liverpool to claim a historic third successive Champions League title, the cracks in Real Madrid’s impeccable facade were already beginning to appear. Before the victorious team had even left the pitch, their match-winner had already declared his intention to leave, and their star player had intimated similarly. Their coach was fielding pointed questions in his press conference. It was as if Real's impenetrable front of unity and desire had held together just long enough for them to achieve the unthinkable. But it wouldn't hold a second longer. In a way, there was something rather poignant about seeing immaculate order give way to consummate chaos, almost before our eyes. Madrid in the season and Madrid in the off-season are two very different clubs: one run by a common purpose, the other by a thousand individual agendas. Yet it was still startling just how instantly the transition seemed to occur. Zinedine Zidane was … [Read more...] about Real Madrid transfer talk drowns out Champions League party as Gareth Bale bows out in best possible way
For once, Cristiano Ronaldo did not take centre stage during Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final. The Portuguese superstar did not have a bad game – almost opening the scoring with a vicious drive in the first-half – but he was restricted to a role on the fringes throughout much of the night, taking the fewest number of touches of any Real player to complete the full ninety minutes. And he was comprehensively overshadowed by superb sub Gareth Bale, who came off the bench with half an hour remaining to win the game for the Spanish side, restoring Real’s lead with a stunning overhead kick that has been described as the greatest goal in the history of the tournament. (Or was it?) So in true Ronaldo fashion, the 33-year-old did everything in his power to grab the headlines for events off the pitch rather than on it. Champions League final: The story of the game - in pictures 37 show all Champions League final: The story … [Read more...] about Cristiano Ronaldo: Transfer talk, annoying Sergio Ramos and boasting … everything CR7 got up to last night
QPR hotshot Ebere Eze is reportedly being watched by TEN different Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Champions-elect Manchester City. The 19-year-old started the season out on loan with League Two Wycombe Wanderers, where he scored five goals before returning to Loftus Road in January to strengthen Ian Holloway's attacking options. He's been getting rave reviews in west London this season, with his manager and team mates alike bigging up the youngster's talents, and according to the Sun on Sunday, he was watched by ten different top flight clubs in QPR's Easter Monday win over Norwich City. Holloway admitted that he's scared of losing his young talents, like he did with Josh Bowler to Everton in the summer, and with Eze, Paul Smyth, Darnell Furlong and Ryan Manning all excelling, it comes as no surprise there's interest in his youngsters. Eze enters the final year of his contract this summer, and it's been suggested in the past few months … [Read more...] about Transfer Talk: Liverpool and Tottenham amongst TEN clubs eying Eze
After a winter of rumours about the transfer status of Ryan Sessegnon, a move never became apparent. Repeated links to Tottenham were the order of the day intermingled with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal. The Express are now reporting that Liverpool will be the most likely move for the 17-year-old - but only if Fulham aren't promoted. They claim that sources close to the player say that joining Jurgen Klopp's side would be a move Sessegnon is keen on with Anfield offering the opportunity to enhance his international opportunites. The youngster is believed to be happy with his decision to stay with Fulham so far and has scored 10 goals in his last 12 games to set chatter racing about a potential England call-up for the World Cup. His manager Slavisa Jokanovic believes that an international opportunity will be forthcoming for the winger. He has said: "I started working with him when he was 16 years and two months or something like that and I believe he can be part of the English … [Read more...] about Transfer Talk: Liverpool leading the race to sign Sessegnon?