Arsenal have reportedly been handed a huge transfer boost after Barcelona apparently pulled out of a deal for Lyon ace Nabil Fekir.
Spanish newspaper Sport claims the Catalans have decided not to follow up their interest with a bid after deciding that Fekir would not bring any extra quality to their star-studded squad.
The 24-year-old has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season after being awarded the captain’s armband.
Fekir also made three appearances for the French national team in 2017 and is regarded as one of Ligue 1’s top attackers.
His ability to play as a main striker, an inside forward or a No 10 saw Barcelona put him on their 2018 summer shopping list.
And with Nou Camp chiefs showing they’re not afraid to spend big, long-term admirer Arsene Wenger surely feared the Gunners would miss out on a deal.
However, it’s now claimed that Barcelona do not rate Fekir as a step up on their current crop of players.
And they will also resist the urge to move for young team-mate Houssem Aouar, who has been linked with an Emirates switch as well.
It means the battle for Fekir’s signature is heavily weighted in Arsenal’s favour, with the player’s agent admitting that all options will be considered at the end of the season.
He said: “After considering my relationship with the Lyon president, we will make the best decision.”