Liverpool fans thought Nabil Fekir was in the bag. James Pearce's handshake emoji appeared to confirm that the Lyon forward was indeed on his way to Anfield.
But a very, very late twist has seen the 24-year-old's switch to Merseyside collapse in mysterious circumstances.
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It was no secret that Liverpool and Lyon were deep in negotiations and Reds supporters were expecting a formal announcement to be made confirming Jurgen Klopp's latest coup, only for the Ligue 1 club to release a statement declaring that talks "had not succeeded".
Reports have suggested a problem with the midfielder's medical may have led to the snag, but a lack of official news has left fans wondering where it all went wrong.
A deal may yet be revisited, with Fekir certainly well suited to filling a Philippe Coutinho shaped hole, but failing to get the move over the line before the World Cup represents a real blow.
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