After almost joining Liverpool last year for a reported £53 million as per the Guardian, Nabil Fekir is back in the spotlight with a move to England, but this time to north London.
According to the Mirror, Lyon have offered their captain to Arsenal for a reported £30 million as the French side aim to offload the 25-year-old this summer, with L’Equipe backing up the report by claiming that contact has been established between the two sides over a potential deal.
With a year left on his contract and top players starting to depart clubs for free, with Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot two of this summer’s most notable examples as the midfielders both joined Juventus this transfer window upon the end of their contracts, Lyon seemingly appear to be willing to cash in on Fekir rather than loss him for nothing next summer.
Indeed, with Arsenal having a reported transfer budget of just £40 million according to Football London, spending £30 million on just Fekir is a large amount of what the Gunners reportedly have to play with this summer, but that shouldn’t stop Unai Emery from pursuing the attacking midfielder.
Of course, improving the defence is seemingly a priority this summer for Arsenal with the likes of Kieran Tierney and William Saliba both being heavily linked with moves by the likes of BBC Sport and ESPN respectively, but with a player like Fekir, who is valued on Transfermarkt at £54 million, just about available within the Gunners’ apparent price range, the club could make a statement of intent by pursuing the Lyon captain.
After the poor season the Gunners endured where they missed out on a top-four spot by just one point and were humiliated in the Europa League final by Chelsea, morale around the club at the moment might be low, but bringing in a player of Fekir’s reputation and quality based on his stats for Lyon over the past few seasons via WhoScored might be just the thing to boost the mood around the Emirates heading into the new campaign. Indeed, considering the Frenchman’s status as a World Cup winner and the fact Jamie Carragher pointed out back in March to Sky Sports via Football 365 that Liverpool may still regret not signing him, he would arrive with a strong footballing pedigree.
The fact he both outscored (9 to 5) and registered more assists (7 to 2) than the Gunners’ current No.10 in Mesut Ozil too would suggest an improvement on the pitch as well as the aforementioned potential morale boost.
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