Arsenal willing to pay £45m to ruin Real Madrid transfer plan

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Arsenal are reportedly prepared to hand Lyon £45m to snatch Nail Fekir from under Real Madrid’s noses.

Arsenal are facing the bitterly disappointing prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second consecutive season.

And broad sections of the Gunners’ faithful have called on Emirates chiefs to make widespread changes to key personnel in the summer.

Arsene Wenger could be axed when the campaign concludes, along with a cluster of the Arsenal gaffer’s current first-team squad.

The latest reports from Spain indicate Fekir is on a shortlist of targets wanted to replace the casualties of that clear-out.

According to Don Balon, Arsenal are ‘willing to pay €50m (£45m)’ for the Lyon midfielder.

Arsenal are said to be pushing hard to get a deal in place for Fekir to join them.

And that will come as a blow to Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane a big fan of his compatriot.

Fekir, who’s also been linked with Barcelona, has been tipped to join Real in the summer.

But Arsenal’s intervention might see the La Liga giants miss out on a key target.

Don Balon indicate a call from Zidane would be enough to make Fekir snub Arsenal for Real.

Zidane is facing the same potential fate as Wenger following a dismal season at Real though.

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