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Reports from France suggest Arsenal could finally sign Lyon star Nabil Fekir after his agent revealed the Frenchman is ready to explore the possibility of leaving Lyon.
Fekir was heavily linked with a move to the Emirate Stadium in January and now his agent has hinted that the Frenchman will discuss a transfer in the summer amid ongoing links with a move to Arsenal.
The 24-year-old – who has a contract with OL until 2020 – has been in superb form this season and co-leads Lyon’s scoring charts with 16 goals in Ligue 1, as well as laying on six assists. Skipper Fekir’s excellent form has not gone unnoticed by Europe’s biggest clubs and Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen to sign him as part of an overhaul of the Arsenal squad.
Fekir’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has opened the door to a potential transfer though insists the attacker will not force through a move and is happy at Lyon.
Bernes told Le Dauphine Libere: ‘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 Olympique Lyonnais. 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.
‘When you leave your training club, to whom we owe everything, we leave in good conditions. If we have to leave…’ He continued: ‘Nabil has the personal goal of being part of a top 10 club in Europe.
‘He has the potential. Without burning the steps. A career, it is built, little by little. We must not burn ourselves, be careful, because football, it goes quickly. On Fekir’s current happiness at Lyon, Bernes added: ‘He is very happy, he loves the city, it’s his club. He is not in a dramatic situation; Lyon is not a club that goes down in Ligue 2, there are structures, bases, foundations, it is a club that is run, which has just built a large stadium.
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