Agent insists: Liverpool must agree Fekir fee with Lyon first

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Chelsea are reportedly set to taste defeat in our reported pursuit of Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, with the Frenchman set to put pen-to-paper on a move to Liverpool.

Nabil Fekir's agent insists he has not travelled to Liverpool for talks and has warned Jurgen Klopp's side that they could be beaten in the race to sign the Lyon midfielder.

Following this, David Maddock from the Mirror made a similar claim, saying that no deal was imminent and that the player did not travel to Liverpool.

Goal reported last week that Liverpool were ready to step up their pursuit of Fekir in a deal that could be worth £60 million (€69m/$80m). "The transfer window is long and other clubs could show interest".

And he is hoping to drag the negotiations beyond the start of the World Cup despite Liverpool wanting to get the deal over the line before the tournament starts.

The news had cast doubt over the deal, with suggestions that Liverpool could be priced out of the move and may look at alternatives.

He told Le Progres: "I did not leave Marseille (this weekend), I am with my family".

'Liverpool's interest exists, but for the moment nothing is done and other clubs could come in.

The Reds have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old in the past week, with many expecting Fekir to become the second confirmed signing from Ligue 1 after Fabinho's arrival from Monaco last Monday.

Fekir is now with the France squad for the upcoming World Cup having earned his place in Didier Deschamps' 23-man roster.