Liverpool's Nabil Fekir move on hold after fitness concerns

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Nabil Fekir's move to Liverpool is on hold.

Liverpool‘s proposed move for Nabil Fekir has been put on hold over fitness concerns.

The Lyon playmaker suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in 2015 that kept him out of the 2015-16 season, then missed several games last season because of a knee injury.

Fekir underwent a medical on Friday and reportedly had already agreed personal terms on a five-year contract with Liverpool before the medical concern cropped up.

Lyon denied that a move for their captain was close to being completed, but it is thought that the two clubs made a breakthrough in talks over a £53million transfer late on Thursday.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has targeted Fekir as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who was sold to Barcelona in January. The signing would be part of an ongoing midfield makeover, with Liverpool having agreed a deal last summer for Naby Keita to join from RB Leipzig in this window and then tying up a deal for Fabinho from Monaco last week.

However, with the 24-year-old set to depart for the World Cup in Russia with the rest of the France squad after their friendly against the United States on Saturday, the transfer could be delayed until after the tournament ends.

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Transfer predictor: Neymar to Real Madrid and Clement Lenglet to Man United both get a 6

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Back in scoring form: Neymar.

The international summer transfer window is open.

With the rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the legitimate stories from the white noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

CLEMENT LENGLET – From Sevilla to Manchester United

Clement Lenglet

Emerging centre-back: Clement Lenglet.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has targeted Clement Lenglet as a more affordable alternative to Toby Alderweireld, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Read the full story here.

Why it will happen: United do need a steady central defensive partner for Eric Bailly. Alderweireld is falling too expensive and Lenglet is seven years younger than the Belgian as well.

Why it won’t happen: Lenglet has no Premier League experience which is a downside. Meanwhile, he is being chased by Barcelona and Chelsea.

Prediction: Barcelona would seem to be the ideal move for Lenglet as he would remain in La Liga. However, he could enjoy more playing time at United given Samuel Umtiti has extended his contract at the Camp Nou.

Rating – 6/10

NEYMAR – PSG TO REAL MADRID

Neymar

The story of the summer? Neymar.

Real Madrid hope to convince Paris Saint-Germain to sell Neymar by offering to pay €350 million for the Brazilian star this summer, reports The Sun.

Read more here.

Why it will happen: Neymar is still the star most likely to take over once Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s powers wane. He could be a huge asset for Madrid on and off the pitch in the coming years.

Why it won’t happen: The La Liga giants have already secured the signing of Vinicius Junior, are in pursuit of Rodrygo and are attempting to convince Gareth Bale to stay while trying to keep Ronaldo happy. Neymar seems unnecessary.

Prediction: Madrid’s interest is very real but the transfer will likely depend on other factors, Bale’s future being chief among them.

Rating – 6/10

YAYA TOURE – Unattached to West Ham

Yaya Toure.

Yaya Toure.

West Ham are currently in talks with Yaya Toure regarding a move to the London Stadium, the Daily Mail reports.

Read more here.

Why it will happen: If Toure is determined to stay in the Premier League he probably won’t do better than the £220,000-a-week salary the Hammes are willing to offer the 35-year-old. He gets to work with Manuel Pellegrini again, a manager he played some of his best football under at City.

Why it won’t happen: Toure may earn even more if he decides to move to the Chinese Super League instead.

Prediction: It seems like a pretty sweet deal for the Ivorian. If none of the top 10 Premier League clubs make him an offer, the east London club would seem to be his next destination.

Rating – 8/10

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Barcelona's pursuit of Clement Lenglet in doubt as Man United consider €35m bid

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Barcelona‘s pursuit of Clement Lenglet has come under threat as Manchester United joined the race for the centre-back.

According to Manchester Evening News, Jose Mourinho has picked out the Sevilla defender as a cheaper option to Toby Alderweireld.

The Manchester United boss is considering a €35 million bid for Lenglet as he looks to find a steady central defensive partner for Eric Bailly.

Tottenham reportedly turned down United’s offer in the region of €62 million for Alderweireld.

As such, the Red Devils are looking elsewhere for alternatives.

Despite extending Samuel Umtiti’s contract, Barcelona are still keen on signing Lenglet but face stiff competition from the Premier League giants.

Having already completed the signings of Diogo Dalot from Porto and Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, the Mourinho’s side are keen on continuing their investment in the squad as they attempt to bridge the gap between themselves and Manchester City.

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