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Man City To Battle Arsenal For 21-Year-Old Midfield Maestro – reports

Manchester City are set to battle Arsenal for the signature of Lyon’s 21 year old midfielder Nabil Fekir, according to the Daily Express.

The Manchester club sent scouts to watch Lyon last night in the French Cup, when they beat RC Lens, and while they focussed on striker Alexandre Lacazette, who they hope will fix their striking crisis, they also cast their eyes on the talented young midfielder.

While Lacazette is an obvious target as Ligue 1’s top scorer, Fekir is slightly less well known.

He has been exceptional thus far this season, however, and has already attracted attention from Arsenal this campaign.

However, they could face competition from Man City, who are planning to raid the French side for Fekir.

City will likely have to wait until the summer to snap up the highly rated midfielder, however, as Lyon’s president has previously denied having any interest in seeing key players depart in January.

Jean-Michel Aulas said: “We will ensure there are no departures and I’m are certain that that will be the case.

“The expected quick returns from injury of Yoann Gourcuff, Clement Grenier and Gueida Fofana will mean the transfer window will be internal at this club.”

Arsenal Issued Hands Off Warning Over ‘Messi’ Midfielder

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has issued a hands off warning over his star midfielder Nabil Fekir, who has been attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal in recent weeks.

Reports have suggested that the north London club are set to make a move for the talented 21 year old in the January transfer window.

However, Aulas is insistent that Fekir is not available to any club.

In fact, the president rates him to the extent that he has compared him to Barcelona star Lionel Messi, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time.

Arsenal require recruitments in January, having struggled since the start of the season.

Their midfield has also been impacted by injury, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere both spending extended spells on the sidelines.

Ozil is not expected to return until after the new year. His form towards the start of the season was not particularly good either, with many questioning his role in the side.

Aulas does not see Fekir as a likely replacement, however, and said: “He will remain with us.

“He can become a very good footballer in the next two to three years.

“Though the comparison is not right, Fekir is our own [Lionel] Messi.”