As reported by French outlet Le Dauphine Libere, the agent of Arsenal transfer target Nabil Fekir has opened the door on a potential exit from French club Lyon this summer.
The upcoming transfer window is likely to be one of transition for the Gunners after another underwhelming season under Arsene Wenger. Whether the Frenchman is still in charge or not, fans are expecting the club to be busy in the transfer market, bringing talent to the club that can help them compete for major honours.
One player that could end up at the Emirates is Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir.
He’s been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months, and now his agent has spoken about his potential departure from the club, believing it’s something they will inevitably discuss with Lyon.
As quoted by Le Dauphine Libere, Jean-Pierre Bernes said:
If at the end of the season, and this is not the case today, there was a decision to be made, then we would sit down with President Aulas and we would find the right solution.
Respecting first and foremost Lyon. At home, we do not leave like a savage or after a showdown. Nabil is in a big French club if not the biggest.
You know very well that at some point, we may be able to ask questions about a departure. The decision will be taken in all intelligence, as professionals, and especially in the interests of all parties.
It certainly sounds as if he and his client will be seeking bigger and better things than Lyon in the future, even if they are not willing to hold the Ligue 1 club to ransom.
Is he the right fit for Arsenal?
Rated at £45m by Transfermarkt, Fekir has been a sensation for the French side this season, scoring an incredible 21 goals in all competitions from attacking midfield, also creating six assists.
That kind of contribution could revitalise the Arsenal front four, with his clinical nature likely enhanced further by creative talents like Henrik Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil.
As good as that duo are behind strikers, they are more focused on creating rather than finishing moves off and adding a ruthless goalscorer to attacking midfielder could be a game changer for the Gunners.
At just 24 years of age, he has enormous potential and Arsenal should ensure they are the front of the queue to sign him when he does decide it’s time to leave Lyon.