Arsenal will have to fight off Barcelona if they want to land Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, according to Marca.
The Spanish newspaper reports that Barca have been tracking the 24 year old since the start of the season, and technical secretary Robert Fernandez was in attendance to see the France international in action last week when Lyon beat Everton 3-0 in the Europa League.
The Gunners were again linked with the attacking midfielder earlier this week when Fekir talked up the possibility of moving the England, although he also said Spain would be an attractive destination. His link to Arsenal goes all the way back to 2015 when his father expressed a desire for his son to work under Arsene Wenger:
“Nabil would like to finish 1st or 2nd and play Champions League football with Lyon. If he leaves, it will be for Arsenal. It’s the only club that can enable him to progress, with Arsene Wenger.”
Fekir has been in stunning form for Lyon this campaign with 11 goals and three assists in 11 league games, but it now seems that Barca are leading the race for the player with Marca suggesting that the midfielder is being lined up as an alternative to Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.