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The sad truth about Man Utd reportedly being interested in signing Nabil Fekir

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When will the Nabil Fekir rumours end?

Over the past two months the Frenchman has been linked with a move to Liverpool, who even had a £53m agreement in place at the beginning of June.

But then complications struck. Fekir completed his medical and seemed to be on the verge of joining until Liverpool raised concerns about his injury history.

Suddenly the deal was scrapped, though reports have continued to suggest a deal could happen once the World Cup is over.

It's believed Fekir remains keen on a move to Liverpool - it just depends on whether the Reds and Lyon can come to an agreement that pleases all parties.

However, just to make things even more complicated, rumours surfaced in France yesterday that Manchester United of all clubs had emerged as possible suitors.

It was even claimed that United had approached Fekir and his representatives, suggesting Liverpool had competition.

LIVERPOOL VS UNITED?

Well, to no ones surprise it sounds like the rumours are completely false judging by Manchester Evening News' latest report.

MEN believe the rumours have been fabricated for two reasons: to push Liverpool into buying Fekir this summer and to pay a large fee.

Liverpool have previously been goaded into making big-money signings because of supposed competition from United and history could be repeating itself.

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"The Fekir tales are probably just that and there is no concrete evidence United want him," the report states. "He only has two years left on his contract.

"Lyon would prefer to sell the 24-year-old this summer while he is coveted by a big Premier League club, rather than in a year's time when his value will have dwindled.

"Clubs have previously fabricated United's interest in a player to smoke out a bidder and the biggest sucker for the ruse tends to be Liverpool.

"The tactic was used by Hoffenheim with Roberto Firmino in 2015 before he moved to Liverpool.

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"In the same summer, an Aston Villa official alleged to a newspaper reporter that United would sign Christian Benteke, despite United having no intention of doing so.

"Within 24 hours, Liverpool had triggered the Belgian's £32.5m release clause."

MEN's report makes sense, it has to be said. United are blessed with plenty of attacking players and have never been linked with Fekir, so it seems strange that they'd now be interested.

It will be interesting to see how Liverpool react to the rumours.

Topics:
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Nabil Fekir
Jurgen Klopp
Jose Mourinho
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