REVEALED: Nabil Fekir’s move to Liverpool collapsed ‘after his brother-in-law turned up and started acting like the player’s agent and demanded commission’ as his ex-representative admits he felt ‘ashamed’
- Nabil Fekir was close to joining Liverpool in 2018 before the deal fell through
- The star’s former agent says the move collapsed due to Fekir’s brother-in-law
- Jean-Pierre Bernes admitted he was ‘ashamed’ after negotiations came to a halt
- Fekir subsequently remained at Lyon before a surprise switch to Real Betis
Nabil Fekir’s former agent has claimed that the star’s proposed move to Liverpool in 2018 had collapsed because his client’s brother-in-law had interfered with negotiations.
Jean-Pierre Bernes had engaged with the Premier League giants over the course of four months to fashion a deal, before the switch surprisingly fell through at the 11th hour.
And Bernes has now revealed to French TV station Canal Plus that a third party had been at fault for the failed transfer.
Nabil Fekir’s former agent says that the player’s brother-in-law scuppered his Liverpool move
Get Football News France quote him as saying: ‘Nabil was Liverpool’s priority. I worked for four months with the Liverpool representatives, with Jurgen Klopp, Jean-Michel Aulas, everything was ready.
‘Nabil was already aware of his future contract, which would have seen him earn around €45m over five years.
And on the day that the contract was supposed to be signed, at Rambouillet, we saw a lawyer and Nabil’s brother-in-law arrived who said: “Stop everything, discussions have to start all over again.” It was surreal. We thought that we were in a Walt Disney film.’
Fekir had undergone a medical at Liverpool in the summer of 2018, but the Anfield outfit pulled the plug on the deal after an issue with the attacking midfielder’s knee surfaced.
The Frenchman’s proposed move to Anfield from Lyon had collapsed in the summer of 2018
The player, now 26-years-old, was pictured sporting a Liverpool kit and had even conducted an interview with the club’s in-house media platform.
After negotiations ground to a halt, Fekir opted to remain with Lyon before completing a cut-price switch to Real Betis in the summer.
And his ex-agent believes that it was because of the theatrics from Fekir’s brother-in-law that the star hadn’t instead moved to England.
He added: ‘There were two elements. The player’s medical was negative and the second element was that when you want to sign for a big club like Liverpool, you need a certain attitude.
‘When the Liverpool guys witnessed this cinema, they immediately… Sometimes when a player has an injury representatives can make an effort to make it work.
Jean-Pierre Bernes believes that third party theatrics were the main cause behind the collapse
‘The brother-in-law of Nabil all of a sudden acted like a player’s agent. He wanted a commission, everyone knows, it is fashionable these days.
‘[Fekir] was on a cloud, he seemed to have transformed, he didn’t even greet the Liverpool representatives.
‘He arrived after the medical, everyone was looking at each other, the Liverpool representatives were wondering where they were. I was ashamed.’
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