Paper Talk: Arsenal offered long-term Liverpool target in cut-price deal

Date published: Tuesday 2nd July 2019 8:22

Arsenal have been offered the chance to buy a World Cup winner for £30m, while Man Utd are readying an approach for one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s major transfer targets, according to Tuesday’s papers.



Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir for just £30m, according to reports.

The World Cup winner came within a whisker of signing for Liverpool last summer and was even photographed in the club kit before the move broke down amid a row over his transfer fee.

Jurgen Klopp has retained an interest in Fekir since then, but it’s thought his priorities lie elsewhere and it’s unlikely a fresh swoop will be made.

However, the Reds may well be alerted by reports in the Daily Mirror that Fekir has been offered to the Gunners this summer for just £30m.

Arsenal are trying to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, but their offer for the Ivorian is likely to fall well short and at this stage, a deal appears unlikely.

Fekir, however, could present a different option for Emery, with the playmaker seemingly ready to move on and Lyon unlikely to prevent his sale.

Former Lyon manager Bruno Genesio recently spoke out about the midfielder’s frustration after seeing his transfer to Liverpool break down – and suggested he was ready for a fresh challenge.

“I think that he [Fekir] was very frustrated with his cancelled transfer to Liverpool at the beginning of the season,” Genesio told French radio station RMC.

“He made the World Cup, he had some injuries. He certainly did not feel strong enough to take on the role of leader, which he had done the previous season, relaying technical information on the pitch.

“Nabil is coming to the end of a cycle in Lyon. He has experienced a lot of things here.

“I think that he needs a new challenge, to push his limits, and to be self-critical. Because we know, we always need a personal challenge in a career, and to ask questions of ourselves.”

In addition to Fekir and Zaha, Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Algerian winger Yacince Brahimi, who is available on a free transfer, over the last 24 hours.


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