Fekir eventually passed his medical - although there was some doubt about his right knee - with everything barring the official announcement seemingly complete.More news: ‘First Man’ Trailer Gives First Look at Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong
Although Lyon's dismissal may well be the result of some hard-bargaining from the French club, some figures are under the impression that Fekir's move to the Premier League is not dead yet.
Le Graet, speaking in Lyon a few hours before France played the United States in a World Cup warm up game in the city, said: "These are negotiations".More news: Blakely: A ready-made rival to Warriors awaits LeBron in Boston
"It's always like that when you talk about a transfer: each tries to raise his price, to lower his price, when there's a hiccup someone wants it reduced". That's logical, we've done it for other players.
Finally, he confirmed his wish to see Fekir complete his switch to Anfield before the World Cup begins in Russian Federation next week, something that the Reds are keen for but Lyon have said will not happen. A £53m deal was agreed between the clubs, as were personal terms with the player, and members of the Anfield medical department spent two days in France to oversee what were presumed the final formalities.
"It would be better for him, but he's not perturbed", he said of the No.10.More news: Woman gored by bison in Yellowstone after crowd gets too close
The French global scored 18 goals whilst chipping in with seven assists, ultimately helping Lyon to secure Champions League qualification as well as giving last season's defending champions AS Monaco a run for their money.