Arsenal are likely to miss out on Lyon star, Nabil Fekir because the club has not found a suitor ready to buy Germany playmaker, Mesut Ozil.
The Gunners have for the better part of this summer been linked with the Lyon attacking midfielder, who was set to move to Liverpool last summer before a the deal fell through in the closing stages.
The France World Cup winner was on his way to Anfield in a £57m deal a year ago but a hitch with his medical results saw Liverpool end their interest.
Lyon planned to sell him this summer after he failed to sign a new contract with Arsenal having made contact over a potential switch but as it stands, they may not sign him after all.
Meanwhile, three La Liga clubs have joined the race in a bid to sign the 25-year-old Fekir, with Real Betis, Sevilla and Valencia all in the leading front to nab him.
L’Equipe is reporting that Arsenal has made their interest known but have also made it clear they cannot afford to sign him while Ozil is still on the books at the Emirates, according to Inside Futebol.
Will he / Won't he move to the Premier League this summer? 🤔
Nabil Fekir loves a free-kick. 🎯 pic.twitter.com/pMK4gLQkcX
— FotMob (@FotMob) July 9, 2019
The Gunners are ready to offload their £350,000-a-week midfielder Ozil and are even prepared to pay part of his wages to help push through a loan or permanent deal for Fekir but the Gunners are understood to have received no offers so far which is further affecting the move for their target.
Surprisingly, the Germany international, Ozil is reluctant to leave London or Arsenal with two years left on his contract and, even though he has struggled to hold down a regular place under Unai Emery, he wants to fight for his future.
The 30-year-old reported back for training last week and is also due on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States knowing that he is still one of the club’s biggest names and star attractions.