Arsenal closely monitoring French giants attacking midfielder

Arsenal made a trip to watch Nabil Fekir in action for Lyon at the end of last month, according to various reports. Fekir has netted 56 goals in 151 matches for his side since breaking into the first-team back in 2013, but the 24-year-old has consistently been linked with a move to north London for the past three years.

The Lyon star has had a barnstorming campaign in Ligue 1 this season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions, and the Gunners are understood to have stepped up their interest. The Sun claims that Premier League side sent a scout to watch Fekir as Lyon defeated Dijon 5-2 on April 20 – the Frenchman scored his side’s third goal just after half-time.

It’s claimed senior figures at Emirates are pushing to get a deal over the line for the attacking midfielder alongside the search for Arsene Wenger’s successor. Fekir, who is tied into a contract at French club until the summer of 2020, is valued at around £50million.

Asked about his favourite leagues, Fekir told Telefoot: ‘Spain, with Real [Madrid], Barcelona & Atletico [Madrid] who are the big clubs. ‘After that, there is England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal. I don’t have a specific club [I want to go to].