Having been done, dusted and then dead all within the space of 24-hours, the move for Olympique Lyonnais’ Nabil Fekir to Liverpool was off before it was ever fully on. Despite photos circulating of the little maestro in the Liverpool kit, doing an interview with LFCTV, Fekir’ move died at the last minute.

Depending on the source, the reason was either Liverpool being unsure of Fekir’ knee, or Lyon losing their patience with a Liverpool team who were eager to use their leverage to negotiate cheaper terms. Either way, the move died at the last minute – until now.

Fekir’ agent, Jean-Pierre Barnes, has offered a new perspective on the deal. When speaking to LCI, a French TV channel, he made some very interesting noises with regards to the likelihood of the deal being done. When pushed on the deal, Barnes said, according to the Liverpool Echo: “He didn’t sign because um… it is not over! This is not the end of the story,”

With his World Cup beginning with a controversial 2-1 win over Australia, Fekir will hope to show his (potential) new employers what he can do when France play their next tie. While Fekir has been clear that he won’t discuss his future until the end of the FIFA World Cup, we’ll wait and see. This move feels like it has yet more legs to go through in the future, and will play a major role in determining the 2018 summer transfer window moves for many of the big clubs.

If Liverpool don’t get their man, someone will: Fekir is wanted for good reason.