Lyon have explained why Nabil Fekir is “hesitating” over joining Liverpool.
Fekir has emerged as Liverpool’s main target this summer, with the Champions League finalists set to press ahead in negotiations next week.
The player himself stoked the flames of speculation when asked about the Liverpool links earlier this week.
“Later there can be discussions with the president, with my entourage, to make a decision. In life, nothing can be forbidden,” he said.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has shed some light on the situation, suggesting a move is far from certain.
“We simply know that teams are interested,” said Aulas. “His agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes has told us so.
“There have been no discussions either with Nabil or with other clubs, so it’s very premature.
“He’s also hesitating about whether he wants to play in the Champions League with Lyon.”