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Arsenal plot £25m move for Nabil Fekir

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Arsenal are working on a £25 million summer deal for Lyon's latest breakthrough star Nabil Fekir. That is according to The Sun, who believe that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would like to add another attacking midfielder to his squad if he can persuade Lyon that this summer is the right time to sell.

Fekir's swift progression has been a pleasant surprise for Lyon, who continue to fight for Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1 with a team made up primarily of homegrown talent.

The 21-year-old has been a key part of that breakthrough under Claude Puel, with eight goals and six assists in 20 matches. Lyon now face a fight to keep the versatile playmaker though, with Arsenal and PSG the two biggest teams monitoring his progress.

Wenger loves a playmaker

Interest in Fekir is perfectly plausible from an Arsenal point of view, with Wenger's penchant for choosing to sign playmakers rather than midfield enforcers well documented.

Surely if Wenger is serious about spending big on Fekir there will have to be departures though, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla already fighting to be play in the prized number 10 position at the Emirates as things stand.

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Lyon may be forced to cash in

Any formal offer from Arsenal will be one Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is reluctantly forced to take seriously, despite being desperate to use potential Champions League qualification as a springboard for success in a new stadium moving forward.

That is because the prospect of selling to a fierce rival in PSG is unthinkable, with a move abroad much more appealing if Lyon are forced to cash in. Alexandre Lacazette, Clement Grenier and now Fekir are all genuine targets for Europe's top clubs, which when it comes down to business means Lyon will ultimately find it very difficult to keep a side with huge raw potential intact.

Arsenal are set to be the first club to test their resolve in an effort to freshen things up this summer, but it remains to be seen if they make room for a genuine talent in Fekir by telling current first-team players they have to leave.

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