Barcelona eyeing Nabil Fekir in case Philippe Coutinho move falls through

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In-form Olympique Lyonnais attacker Nabil Fekir is being lined up as a contingency plan for Barcelona in the event they fail to land Philippe Coutinho in the summer, according to Sport-English.com.

The 24-year-old’s explosive start to the 2017/18 campaign has returned 11 goals in as many appearances in Ligue 1 – putting him at the top of Lyon’s scoring charts and third in the league behind Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani.

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Nabil Fekir’s celebration in Le Derby sparked a wild reaction from the Saint-Etienne fans. After scoring his second and putting Lyon 5-0 up, Fekir took off his shirt and displayed it in front of the Saint-Etienne supporters. They proceeded to throw objects onto the field and invaded the pitch, forcing the referee to stop the game for 40 minutes before resuming play in front of a near-empty stadium.

Spanish outlet Marca reported the Blaugrana have been monitoring the Frenchman ‘for a number of months’ and claim Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez scouted him during Lyon’s 3-0 win over Everton in the UEFA Europa League.

With Barcelona anticipating Liverpool’s continued hardball stance over their star Brazilian, they’re considering the Frenchman as both a realistic and quality alternative.

“If you’re a Lyon man the only French club that can interest you is Lyon,” Fekir is quoted as saying by Sport-English.com.

“There’s nothing that can tempt you like Spain or England, they are the most attractive leagues.”

The versatile forward is also being eyed by Premier League side Arsenal, who are bracing for the impending exit of Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, and believe Nabil Fekir would be a natural replacement.

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