Liverpool's £53m move for Lyon skipper Nabil Fekir has been the subject of further confusion after initial reports suggested the Reds hesitated in officially sealing a deal due to concerns over medical results, only for the French outfits accounting practices to be reported as the hold up.
The 24-year-old was expected to be announced as the Reds' latest addition on Friday after the final fee and a five-year deal had been agreed between all parties, despite public claims to the contrary from Lyon's president.
However, an issue with Fekir's knee and Lyon's financial desires seems to have postponed any announcement - i
Liverpool had been expected to push the £53m deal through before the midfielder travelled to Russia for this summer's World Cup with France, but the deal hit a hitch at the last moment.
According to the Telegraph, Fekir underwent medical tests at France's training base on Friday morning but his fitness was placed into question after a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in 2015 required a second opinion.
The injury caused Fekir to miss the majority of the 2015/16 season, where further issues with his knee ensured he missed several weeks of action throughout last season.
So far along was the deal for Fekir that the Reds had even already conducted an introductory interview with LFCTV and agreed personal terms on a five-year contract, but the concerns emerging from the results from his medical were enough to cause a delay to any announcement.
However, the twists and turns pertaining to Liverpool's pursuit of Fekir ensures medical results are not the only reported roadblock keeping the deal from being officially announced.
Reports from RMC Sport have suggested Lyon are holding off on an announcement as they are a public limited company, ensuring any significant business which could affect their share price would need to be announced at the closure of the stock market.
As a result the earliest Lyon would be expected to announce a deal is on Saturday, the official opening of the transfer window in France.
Furthermore, the French side are eager to lodge the transfer as part of their 2018/19 season accounts, which could postpone any announcement until beyond June 30.
The delay threatens to scupper what would be Liverpool's second lucrative signing of the summer as France boss Didier Deschamps wants all transfer business settled by the end of the week.