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Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that he attempted to sell Nabil Fekir to Chelsea in the summer.
Towards the end of the window, Chelsea were linked with a move for Fekir which would have infuriated bitter Liverpool fans.
Fekir looked to be on the verge of joining the Reds after an agreement was reached in principle. At the eleventh hour, the World Cup winner’s dream move to Anfield fell through and he remained a Lyon player.
With the Ligue 1 giants already putting plans in place for his departure, the idea of parting with Fekir appeared to grow on them. So much so, in fact, that they approached Chelsea in hope of selling him.
Aulas has confirmed it himself. It was Lyon who approached Chelsea, not the other way around. Chelsea had no interest in signing Fekir.
He’s quoted by the Daily Star saying:
It may seem bizarre to turn down an opportunity to sign a player of Fekir’s quality, but he would be a complete non-necessity. We made the right decision here.