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It was one of the biggest transfer sagas in recent memory, and one that dominated the entirety of last summer.
Will Nabil Fekir join Liverpool? When will James Pearce announce Fekir? Will he be as good as Philippe Coutinho was?
These were the questions that may have been rushing around the Anfield faithful’s heads, and their queries looked set to be answered in the near future as the France international underwent a medical ahead of a £53m move.
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Enough concerns arose from Fekir’s medical for the Reds to pull out, and it would’ve presumably been news to disappoint some Reds supporters judging by how keen they were for the attacker to be announced – it was certainly brave of the Merseysiders to abandon the transfer given how long the saga panned out for.
But, Liverpool seem to have been proven right to do what they did.
Eyebrows may have been raised at the medical concerns seeing as Fekir has missed just ten games with injury since rupturing his cruciate ligament back in 2015, but the 26-year-old’s eye-catching move to Real Betis seems to suggest Liverpool were right.
It is not just the fact that no other clubs apart from Betis were seriously in for the man who has 69 goals for Lyon at any point this summer, but it is the price tag itself which sparks confusion.
The Spanish side paid just an initial £17.75m to bring Fekir to La Liga, with £9.8m in add-ons. For a player to leave for over £30m less than he was valued at last summer – with no serious impacting incidents of note happening since – suggests Liverpool were right.
Additionally, at that price, why would no-one else get involved for a player who won the World Cup last summer and was on the radar of Chelsea as well as Liverpool?
It just seems baffling that nobody else would take a punt on him for such a slender fee, unless there was something seriously troubling about the player’s body.
Whatever the truth may be, Liverpool appear to have made the right decision judging by the lack of interest in Fekir and the price tag he now merits.
A £53m bullet well and truly dodged.