"Talks with Liverpool will only happen when there is an agreement with Lyon and Jean-Michel Aulas gives the green light".
Now, the Reds are believed to be closing in on a deal to bring Fekir to Anfield.
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The Reds finished fourth and without a trophy last season after they lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid.
Liverpool have already moved quickly to strengthen their squad ahead of next season, with the £39million arrival of midfielder Fabinho from Monaco following on from the previously agreed £48million move for RB Leipzig's Naby Keita.
The Brazilian's representatives have arrived in the U.K.to complete the $69.5 million deal and the medical could take place within the next 48 hours.
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.
ESPN, meanwhile, claims United is also keeping an eye on Lazio's midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, while up to three new defenders could arrive at Old Trafford.