Nabil Fekir has named Arsenal among a host of ‘big clubs’ he would be open to signing for in the future.
Fekir has been linked heavily with a move to Arsenal if Mesut Ozil decides to leave. However, with two years left on his current deal with Lyon, the 24-year-old admits that he’s not really sure what the future holds and, at the moment, has no preference over where he moves.
“Spain, with Real [Madrid], Barcelona and Atletico [Madrid] who are the big clubs,” Fekir said.
“After that there is England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal. I don’t have a specific club [I want to go to].
“Is this my last season at Lyon? I don’t know what the future holds for me. I’ve still got two years left on my contract. So, I’m still Lyonnais.”
Over the weekend, it was reported that Arsenal are trying to sign Fekir for £44m in January and will then loan him back to Lyon for the rest of the season. These comments do make it sound as if the midfielder would be open to this. Although the deal still seems pretty unlikely.
The Daily Star were the first UK outlet to ‘exclusively’ claim that Arsenal were close to signing Fekir on 14 November. They also tipped the Lyon midfielder to replace Ozil or Alexis. Since this report came out, the German has been rumoured to be staying in north London after all. However, Alexis still seems very much set on leaving.
Fekir has made 15 Ligue 1 appearances this season and scored 12 goals. He’s also provided three assists. Therefore, there’s a reason why there’s currently so much hype surrounding the Lyon captain.
The attacking midfielder has been at Lyon since 2011 so it’s understandable that while he’s happy where he is, he might be looking for a move in the near future. Either that, or he’s deliberately insinuating that he’s open to a move because he’s angling for a better contract.
At the moment, all we can do is wait and see what Ozil and Alexis do next.