"He was looking forward to it because the visit he had was positive".
Fekir's agent confirmed earlier this week that although Liverpool were interested in signing his client, the deal was far from being completed.
Yet this high-profile club president has a history of dismissing transfer rumours surrounding his players shortly before they make a move, with the deal that saw Arsenal sign striker Alexandre Lacazette last summer and prime example of Aulas spinning media narrative to suit his own club's agenda.
The French outfit have not ruled out the possibility of Fekir moving to another European powerhouse though, provided that the price is right. He joins the list alongside the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho with the Reds still being expected to continue their spending spree this summer.
However, negotiations have now hit a snag and the prospect of another season in Ligue 1 beckons for the highly exciting attacking midfielder, whose 18 goals and eight assists propelled Bruno Genesio's side to third place this term, two points behind runners-up Monaco.
Who do you think Liverpool should chase as a Nabil Fekir alternative? He was Ligue 1's second best dribbler past year, which is a no mean feat considering the fact that the French top flight boasts some of the best up-and-coming dribblers.
Fekir is with the French team in Lyon, where they will play their final warm-up game before flying to Russian Federation against the US on Saturday night. And Liverpool fans would have been watching him very closely.