Lyon are leading the race to sign Jeff Reine-Adelaide this summer, in a move which could net Arsenal some money thanks to a sell-on clause.
According to reports in France from L’Equipe, Lyon are ahead of Bayern Munich and AS Monaco in their pursuit of the former Arsenal academy forward.
The Ligue 1 club have made contact with the player and with Angers over a transfer that could come to more than €20m. Lyon are on the hunt for an attacking midfielder, a role Reine-Adelaide has played in the past, and the player wants Champions League football.
From an Arsenal point of view, it would be good if the three clubs got into a bit of a bidding war. The Gunners put a 10% sell-on clause in Reine-Adelaide’s contract when they sold him to Angers last summer, so there could be an extra €2-3m in it for them.
I’ve written previously about why Arsenal shouldn’t be berated for letting Reine-Adelaide go for a relatively meagre fee, given the circumstances of his departure, so I won’t go into all that again.
However, with the young wide options still at the club, from Nicolas Pepe to Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and others, it’s no surprise a few wingers have left in the last year or so.
That’s not to say Alex Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide or Xavier Amaechi can’t be as good as or better than those listed above, but the club had to make a judgement call on which players they wanted to put faith in.