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Arsenal offered Lyon star Nabil Fekir for cut-price

Lyon skipper Nabil Fekir could be finally headed to the Premier League

Bengaluru, July 3: North London side Arsenal have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Lyon skipper Nabil Fekir for just £30million.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is desperate for attacking reinforcements and wants to the club to break the bank to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

The Gunners are believed to have tabled an opening offer of £40m for the winger on Monday (July 1) but the Eagles are holding out for double that amount.

Hence, cash-strapped Arsenal may have to find an alternative should they be priced-out of a swoop for the Ivory Coast international. And reports in England claim that French giants Lyon have invited them to buy former Liverpool target Fekir for a cut-price fee.

The French international attacker was all set for a move to Anfield for double the £30m asking price being touted now 12 months ago.

However, the 25-year-old failed a medical as his dream transfer to the Premier League was cancelled. But now it could be back on if the Gunners take the Ligue 1 outfit up on their offer.

Ex-Lyon boss Bruno Genesio recently revealed how frustrated Fekir was following the collapse of his switch to Liverpool.

He told French radio station RMC: “I think that he (Fekir) was very frustrated with his cancelled transfer to Liverpool at the beginning of the season,"

“He made the World Cup, he had some injuries. He certainly did not feel strong enough to take on the role of leader, which he had done the previous season, relaying technical information on the pitch.

“Nabil is coming to the end of a cycle in Lyon. He has experienced a lot of things here.

“I think that he needs a new challenge, to push his limits, and to be self-critical.

“Because we know, we always need a personal challenge in a career, and to ask questions of ourselves.”

Fekir undoubtedly is a player of supreme quality and can prove to be a big asset for a team like Arsenal that is lacking much of it.

Liverpool do not seem much interested in him anymore and Lyon are also looking to offload him as his contract runs out next summer.

Arsenal could be a good option for the World Cup winner if he wants a Premier League move given he will get regular playing time at the Emirates and once again regain his reputation.

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Story first published: Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 11:40 [IST]
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