AS Lyon Midfield Dazzler Now On Barcelona’s Radar: Can He Be The Heir To Their Midfield Wizard?

Barcelona’s strong run in the domestic circuit has been a major boost for them as it has helped to gain momentum in the Champions League too. The 2015/16 Spanish Champions have been pretty adamant to retain the title and have made more than a decent start to their campaign this season.

Despite their dominating displays, manager Ernesto Valverde has already started to chalk his plans for the January transfer window and as per various reports, Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir has emerged as a potential target for the Catalan giants.

A lifelong Lyon fan, Fekir’s life history is not short of a fairytale. The attacking midfielder joined the club at a very tender age but subsequently, he failed to garner much attention and had to leave the club.

But he didn’t give up hopes and maintained his hard work, which was recognized when he joined the club in 2011 and since then, he has been an integral part of the French side. Blessed with excellent poise and flair, the attacking midfielder could be a real gem at the Camp Nou.

Fekir could emulate Andres Iniesta’s magic as the French international can march forward with his sheer pace and his ability to burst into the opponent’s defence is a delight to watch. In a season when a number of his teammates moved to other clubs, he remained at the Groupama Stadium and the end product has been pretty satisfying.

The 24-year-old has lit up the Ligue 1 with his attacking attributes as he already has racked up nine goals in the French top tier and is expected to throw his dice for a spot in the France World Cup squad, which is looking a bit difficult at this moment. France do have the most talented crop of players and the likes of Dimitri Payet’s presence could be a stumbling block in his path to the first team.

Barcelona’s interest in Phillipe Coutinho is not new and they are ready to renew their interest in the player in January but if they somehow fail to crack a deal, they should go all out for Fekir.

Barcelona’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez reportedly was in the stands when Lyon blanked Everton 3-0 to send them packing from the Europa League and must have be impressed with the player’s quality.

Iniesta recently signed a long-term contract at the Camp Nou but the Spanish giants don’t want to waste time in finding his heir and Fekir could be that player who can slot it. But can he be a hit in the La Liga?

Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.