Arsenal back in for former target but West Ham, Everton circling

Date published: Sunday 3rd October 2021 11:13 - Neil Foster

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Reports claim Arsenal have not forgotten about Nabil Fekir and may rekindle their interest in the in-form Real Betis forward.

The Gunners were linked with a move for the 28-year-old last summer. It was said they offered the LaLiga outfit €25m for the former Lyon ace but were given short shrift.

Sporting director Antonio Cordon said at the time: “At no club in the world is there a non-transferable player if tempting offers arrive.

“For us, we want keep him, so if someone wants to come for him, they will have to pay a lot of money.”

The trail then went cold as the north Londoners opted to make Martin Odegaard’s loan deal permanent. Mikel Arteta bolstered his squad with the addition of six new faces in total during the summer transfer window.

But Fichajes claim they are one of a number of clubs eyeing the France international. Others keen on the Frenchman include West Ham United and Everton.

He has begun the season in superb form, with two goals and a couple of assists. The man with 25 France caps is under contract with Betis until the summer of 2023.

And Los Verdiblancos are reportedly eager to tie him down to fresh terms at Estadio Benito Villamarin. However, it was reported during the summer that Fekir would jump at the chance of moving to the Emirates Stadium.

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Fekir appeared close to a Premier League move in 2018, with Liverpool ready to complete a deal. However the Reds pulled out of negotiations due to reported concerns over his knee.


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Last month, the talented playmaker opened up on the situation and made it clear fitness was never an issue.

“It was a dark moment. I saw plenty of things which weren’t true,” he said. “It was said the knee stopped me going to Liverpool but that wasn’t true.

“I went to Clairefontaine [France’s football centre near Paris], and they did all the proof [medical assessments] and the knee was fine.

“I had a problem with my agent, my adviser. It was the agent [who was] responsible for the deal not going through.”

Fekir has scored 14 goals and assisted many more in 80 appearances for the Spanish side. And the report adds that Arsenal are eager to make him their ‘new star’.

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However, with Odegaard now in the ranks, it may be that a move elsewhere in the Premier League is more likely.

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