According to reports in the Daily Mail, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, who has scored 21 goals this season, as his top summer target and he is willing to pay £45m to bring him to the Emirates.
Well, the Daily Mail says that Wenger has followed the 24-year-old’s career closely and has had him watched by Gunners scout Gilles Grimandi on a number of occasions, and he is ready to make his move at the end of the season.
Fekir looks likely to play a key role for France at the World Cup in Russia, and the Daily Mail says the French boss wants to get a deal tied up before then to ensure his value and stock doesn’t rise too much.
The report adds that while Lyon will be reluctant to lose their star man, they showed they are willing to do business if the price is right having sold Alexandre Lacazette to the north London outfit last summer.
He has been outstanding.
The Frenchman has scored 21 goals and provided a further six assists in 31 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit, and he has 55 goals and 35 assists in 155 outings in total for the club.
The Lyon captain found the net in his side’s 3-1 win against Villarreal in the first leg of their last 32 Europa League tie on Thursday night, and according to WhoScored.com he has made 63 key passes in 29 appearances in the French top flight and in Europe this term.
Meanwhile, he has also shown his quality on the ball too having successfully completed 101 of the 134 dribbles he has attempted in the same period.
He certainly would be.
The 24-year-old has been an outstanding and influential performer for Lyon for a while now, and there is no doubt that he could add to the Gunners attack.
The fact that he has played with Lacazette previously could also perhaps get the best out of the striker, who has struggled for goals and starts at the Emirates in more recent times.
If Wenger was able to bring the France international to north London for £45m it would certainly be a no-brainer when you look at his impressive statistics, but it may take a little bit more money to prise him away from Lyon.