Arsenal look ready for life after Mesut Ozil. With the German looking likely to move on in January, Arsene Wenger will want to sign a special player to appease the fans and it seems they may have found their man.
The man in question is Lyon forward Nabil Fekir, who has been a long term target of Arsenal’s but has really found his feet this season, netting 11 times already. He can play behind the striker or as a striker, and would be well suited to play in one of the wide forward roles for Arsenal which are currently occupied by Alexis Sanchez and Ozil – who both look set to leave the club in cut price deals in January.
Arsenal will not be able to sign Fekir on a cut-price deal though, with the Frenchman contracted at Lyon until 2020 currently. A fee in excess of £50million would surely be required to even open negotiations with Lyon, who now have the £50million from Alexandre Lacazette’s sale in the summer.
Arsenal could be a possible favoured destination for Fekir, as in 2015, Fekir’s father said the following: “If he leaves, it’ will be for Arsenal. It’s the only club that can enable him to progress, with Arsene Wenger.
“He will not go to Manchester City to sit on the bench.”
Interesting. With Barcelona and Bayern Munich now both reportedly interested, perhaps Fekir would favour a move to Arsenal where he can immediately step into the vacancy left by Ozil and Alexis, who will surely leave.