A source told ESPN FC on Thursday that Liverpool were confident about securing a €60 million deal for the France global, despite earlier comments from Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas that no transfer would be concluded before the World Cup.
Le Graet, speaking in Lyon a few hours before France played the United States in a World Cup warm up game in the city, said: "These are negotiations".
It seemed a foregone conclusion that the Olympique Lyonnais attacker would finalise his switch to Anfield ahead of this summer's World Cup, with it believed the 24-year-old had completed his medical on Friday morning ahead of his £53m move.
Who do you think Liverpool should chase as a Nabil Fekir alternative? Listen, they're prepared to sell him, so they're prepared to take money.
The Reds are looking to build a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season after their fifth-placed finish this term. He goes past people, he creates, he was part of the goal Mbappe scored.
"In this period of transfers where the slightest rumour is often presented as a reality, Olympique Lyonnais recalls that only the information disseminated by the club on its website is authentic".
Unfortunately, with France national team boss Didier Deschamps forbidding any transfer activity while Les Bleus are in Russian Federation, a deal for Fekir will need to wait until France are finished at the World Cup.
As for Liverpool, Xheridan Shaqiri and Ousmane Dembele are two potential replacements for Fekir should Lyon reject any further offers for the Frenchman.
The most heartbreaking thing is that Fekir has already conducted his first interview with LFCTV and would have thought things were completed.