Lyon attacking midfielder come forward Nabil Fekir could be a step closer to North London after the players agent refused to rule out a summer transfer.
The 24-year-old is being coveted across a host of clubs in Europe but his close relationship with Alexandre Lacazette means that the Gunners are in a prime position to pounce.
Arsene Wenger has also made it clear that he is big fan of the man who has netted sixteen times for Lyon in all competitions this season meaning a summer bid is likely to be on the cards.
Speaking to local French newspaper ‘Le Dauphine Libere’, Fekir’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes said:
‘You know very well that at some point, we may be able to ask questions about a departure. The decision will be taken in all intelligence, as professionals, and especially in the interests of all parties.”
However, it appears that Bernes and Fekir are keen to depart Lyon on good terms with Bernes stating that they would together sit down with the club president and ‘do things the right way’.
This news will be a boost to Wenger who could do with a player of Fekir’s capabilities after losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in January.
Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brought in, that was more to replace Olivier Giroud who swapped to Chelsea and It is believed that Fekir would slot in nicely as an attacking midfielder and prove the perfect foil for Aubameyang or Lacazette up top whilst also allowing options for Mesut Ozil.
But it does not end there.
After a dismal domestic campaign that sees the Gunners thirteen points behind arch-rivals Tottenham in the league, it seems Wenger is preparing early for next season and is keen to get his side ahead in the premier league free bets market prior to next season.
Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic is also on the Arsenal bosses wish list and scouts have been sent to Portugal numerous times this season to keep on top of the 21-year-old Serbian.
The youngster was a hit at former club FK Partizan netting 24 times in 93 appearances in all competitions and has found the back of the net three times this season for the Portuguese giants in the league.
However, there may be a sticking point, Price. It is believed that Benfica will hold out for a heavy fee that may put Wenger off on a player who still has a little to prove on Europe’s grandest stage.
After signing a five-year contract in 2016 for the Lisbon giants, Wenger will have to pay £52.5million to activate a release clause.
Once again, Zivkovic would be a signing based on potential and certainly, one for the future which Wenger knows for himself is drawing to a close.
The signs are positive with activity clearly happening behind the scenes at the club to ensure they have the squad next season to avoid further embarrassment.
However, in the present, there is the small matter of the Europa League as we bid to save our season and mix it with Europe’s elite once more.