Aulas says no contact with Liverpool over Fekir

Outspoken Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michael Aulas has indicated that the Rhone Valley outfit have had no contact with Liverpool over a summer transfer for Nabil Fekir.

Fekir is widely expected to move to Anfield this summer, with reports indicating a transfer fee or around £60-70m. Aulas has indicated that the Reds would have to break the bank for the transfer, saying that someone would have to be “very, very rich” for OL to sell their star playmaker.

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Lyon qualified for the Champions League with a final day 3-2 win over Nice thanks to a hat trick from Memphis Depay and Aulas has indicated OL’s presence in Europe’s premier club competition may persuade Fekir to stay for another season. However French media sources seem to think otherwise, with Canal reckoning the deal is “99%” done, and the home crowd giving him a standing ovation when he was substituted against OGCN- the kind one would expect when the player is potentially playing his last game for his club.

Lyon were widely tipped to be one of the favourites for the Europa League with a final on home soil, but crashed out in the round of 16 to Russian outfit CSKA Moscow, after qualifying behind Atalanta in their group.

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