Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas insists the club haven’t had any contact with Liverpool today over the sale of Nabil Fekir, despite plenty of stories suggesting the contrary.

RMC Sport, usually one of the more reliable sources in France, wrote on Sunday that Liverpool and Lyon had agreed a €70m deal for the transfer of Fekir. They also wrote that the Champions League finalists plan to follow that up with a move for Ousmane Dembele.

Aulas denied the rumours though, telling the media: “We have had no contact with Liverpool today. Nabil Fékir is here. We hope to keep him.”

Jurgen Klopp acted similarly bemused by the story, first shutting down the Fekir rumour:

Then putting on a surprised face at the possibility of Dembele’s availability:

Earlier in the season, Fekir’s agent told the media they would make a decision with Aulas at the end of the season. Given it isn’t the end quite yet, and Aulas is denying the story, I think we have to assume RMC are getting ahead of themselves.

Previously the media linked Fekir to Arsenal. The move made sense, since the player and his father have both mentioned the club as a possible destination if he leaves Lyon.

The difference now is that Arsenal have signed a number of top attacking players recently. Plus they’ve given a massive new contract to Mesut Özil. I’m not sure they can still afford another big signing at that end of the pitch. We’ll see.

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