Arsenal Transfer News: Nabil Fekir, Corentin Tolisso, Alexis Sanchez Rumours

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2016

Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Caen (SM Caen) and Olympique Lyonnais, on August 29, 2015, at the Michel d'Ornano stadium, in Caen, western France. AFP PHOTO/ JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER        (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Arsenal will reportedly seek to raid Lyon in the summer, with Nabil Fekir and Corentin Tolisso said to be on the club’s radar.

In a feature from L'Equipe, as passed on by Sport Witnessit’s outlined which players could be targeted by Premier League sides at the end of the campaign. It’s noted the Gunners are keen on the Lyon duo, especially Fekir, who has also been linked with the likes of Manchester City in the past.

Unfortunately for Lyon, the forward has been injured since September, and they’ve been unable to match their form from the 2014-15 season. Here’s a reminder of how good he was last term:

Fekir is a youngster who seems destined for an elite outfit, and for Arsenal, he’d certainly fit the bill. After all, the French international is adaptable, dynamic and technical on the ball, capable of fulfilling a variety of different positions on the field.

Fekir and Lacazette almost fired Lyon to the title last season.
Fekir and Lacazette almost fired Lyon to the title last season.Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

He formed a devastating partnership with Alexandre Lacazette at the point of the Lyon attack last season, with Fekir dropping into intelligent positions, freeing up space for his team-mate and playing incisive passes into dangerous areas.

As we can see courtesy of OptaJean, without Fekir in the side as of late, the form of the striker has suffered badly:

Tolisso is another young player Lyon fans have been excited about, although he’s not been as widely hailed as Fekir. The 21-year-old is also a flexible footballer, typically at his best in midfield but also able to fill in at full-back. 

Tolisso has also reportedly caught Arsenal's eye.
Tolisso has also reportedly caught Arsenal's eye.Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

His main attribute is the ingenuity he possesses with the ball at his feet, which has shone through this term despite Lyon’s inconsistent form. That much is evident by these statistics from Squawka Football, which are testament to Tolisso’s ability to control the course of a game:

Of the two, Fekir is the kind of player Arsenal should be prioritising. Although he’s not an orthodox centre-forward, he’s a player who could add some crucial thrust to the team’s attacking forays in a plethora of positions. Should he return from injury and recapture his form of last term, the Gunners won’t be the only ones looking to sign him, though.

 

Arsenal to Discuss New Alexis Sanchez Contract

WATFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on October 17, 2015 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty I
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According to the Sun (h/t Liam Spence of the Daily Express), Arsenal will hold discussions with Alexis Sanchez about a new contract with the club at the end of the season.

The Chile international has been thrilling since he joined the Gunners from Barcelona in the summer of 2014, lighting up the Premier League with his effervescent style of football. It’s suggested the 27-year-old is to be rewarded for his fine form and will ask for a deal which runs until 2019 with a salary of £165,000-per-week.

Although Sanchez has made plenty of headlines for his thrilling contributions in the final third, as noted by the club’s official Twitter feed recently, there is a lot more to love about his game:

Sanchez hasn’t quite been at full tilt this season, with injuries blemishing his campaign. However, with Arsenal still in the hunt for Premier League glory with just 13 games to play, he’ll be hoping that having recently returned from another knock, he’ll be suitably rejuvenated to aid in the title push.

Already Sanchez has shown a propensity for thriving on the big stage, and he’ll be desperate to steer his side to silverware again this term. Should his goals, assists and infectious work rate facilitate the club’s first league title in over a decade, then a new contract as lucrative as the one aforementioned will be richly deserved.