Arsenal face competition from Liverpool for highly-scoring midfielder

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has denied rumours that his club have agreed on terms with Liverpool over the sale of Nabil Fekir, who is targeted by Arsenal.

Speculation emerged in France on Sunday that the two sides had agreed on a £62m deal to take Fekir to Anfield this summer, with that coming after reports that a clause in the captain’s contract meant that he was free to leave if a suitable offer arrives.

However, Aulas insists that there has been no contact from the Premier League side and also rubbished the claims that there is an agreement in place for the 24-year-old to leave when the transfer window reopens.

When asked about the reports, Aulas told reporters: “No. If we had negotiated and signed (a deal), I would be the first to know. “There hasn’t been contact with Liverpool. I am a bit surprised by this story. I also want to say there was no agreement in Nabil’s contract allowing him to leave.”

Fekir, who has also been linked with Chelsea also, along with Arsenal, has scored 22 goals across all competitions for Lyon this season.