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Arsenal consider £45m bid for Ligue 1 player of the season this summer

Gunners are plotting a £45m move before the World Cup for the French international midfielder

ARSENAL have received a boost in their pursuit of Nabil Fekir after he agent revealed he could leave Lyon in the summer.

Arsene Wenger is interested in bringing the 24-year-old attacking midfielder to the Emirates this summer.

Nabil Fekir's agent has opened the door to a potential summer exit from Lyon

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Nabil Fekir’s agent has opened the door to a potential summer exit from Lyon

Barcelona have also been linked with the French international, but the Gunners are believed to be readying a move before the World Cup begins in June.

And the potential £45m switch has perhaps moved a step closer following after Fekir’s representative told Le Dauphine Libere his client has ambitions of playing for a top 10 club in Europe.


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Jean-Pierre Bernes said: “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 Lyon. At home, we do not leave like a savage or after a showdown.

Arsenal are plotting a £45m summer swoop for the attacking midfielder

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Arsenal are plotting a £45m summer swoop for the attacking midfielder

Nabil Fekir is a huge favourite with the Lyon supporters

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Nabil Fekir is a huge favourite with the Lyon supporters

“Nabil is in a big French club if not the biggest.


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“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.”

Although Bernes did add that the star, who is under contract until 2020, will not force an exit.

He explained: “When you leave your training club, to whom we owe everything, we leave in good conditions.

“If we have to leave… 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.”

Meet Lyon ace Nabil Fekir who the Premier League's elite are scrambling to snap-up

Fekir has been in incredible form for Lyon this campaign, bagging 16 goals and six assists for the Ligue 1 side.

Wenger and his chief scout Gilles Grimandi have been tracking his progress closely.

And they would love to try and secure a deal for the ace before he attracts any further admirers in Russia for his country this summer.