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Are Liverpool missing out on potential £17.7m bargain after £53m transfer collapse last summer?

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Are Liverpool missing out on potential £17.7m bargain after £53m transfer collapse last summer?

Liverpool pulled out of a deal to sign the Frenchman last summer.

It was one of the transfer sagas of last summer, as Liverpool attempted to bring Nabil Fekir to Anfield from French side Lyon. 

Now, 12 months on, the attacker has left the Ligue 1 club but is not on his way to Merseyside. 

Instead, the World Cup winner has joined La Liga side Real Betis. As reported by MARCA, Los Verdiblancos have paid an initial €19.75 million (£17.7m) for the player, although add-ons could eventually take that fee closer to €30 million (£26.9m).

Which is a huge reduction on the fee Liverpool had seemingly agreed to pay for the player last summer. 

As reported by The Telegraph, a deal was as good as done. Liverpool were set to spend £53 million on the player prior to the World Cup. 

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So why has is value diminished so drastically?

Firstly, there are the rumours of why that deal collapsed. As the Telegraph stated the problems arose after a medical. Whilst the Liverpool ECHO suggests that a second opinion on a problem suggested nothing of major concern, the impact still lingered.

 

Then there is his contract situation. Fekir had just 12 months remaining on his deal at Lyon, who were not prepared to lose him for free next summer. Betis have capitalised on that fact. 

On top of that, his form has not been exactly eye-catching. He scored 12 goals and provided nine assists in 39 games last season for Lyon. Seven of those goals came in a 10-game run of form in Ligue 1. 

Whilst his talent is undoubted, he struggled to find consistency in 2018-19, certainly not enough to justify a £53 million price-tag. 

Then there is the spectre of injuries and fitness again. For various niggling reasons, Fekir missed 14 games for Lyon last term.

It was certainly not a repeat of the 23-goal campaign he had in 2017-18 that had Liverpool’s chequebook ready last summer. 

Hopefully, the Betis move works out for the player as he is an immensely talented individual. However, Liverpool will be confident they made the right move pulling away from this transfer deal last summer.

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