Arsenal have been informed that Nabil Fekir is ‘keen on a move to the club’ this summer and could leave Real Betis for as little as £26m.
France playmaker Fekir is a name very much familiar with supporters in England. He came close to signing for Liverpool in summer 2018 before a failed medical scuppered the deal. It was an embarrassing saga given leaked photos showed Fekir posing with a Liverpool shirt.
Since missing out on his signature, he has moved to Betis and become a major star in LaLiga. Indeed, this season, Fekir scored five goals and assisted five more in 33 appearances.
Sadly for the 27-year-old, that wasn’t enough to earn a place in a very strong looking France squad for the European Championships.
However, he could elevate his status by securing a move to the Premier League. As such, it was claimed back in March that Arsenal were considering a swoop for Fekir this summer.
Now those hopes have been given a timely lift. That’s after Goal’s Charlie Watts claimed Fekir is well aware of their interest and would jump at the chance to join Arsenal.
“Another player that they like that plays in that sort of creative area is Nabil Fekir. He’s over in Spain at the moment with Betis. He would absolutely be keen on a move, not just to Arsenal, but to the Premier League – he missed out on his big move to Liverpool before,” Watts told his Youtube channel.
With Martin Odegaard most likey to remain at Real Madrid, Arsenal are in need of creative midfield reinforcements. They have been linked with a string of names, most recently one of their former players.
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However, the chance to bring in Fekir could be too big a chance to pass up.
The former Lyon man has a huge €90m (£77m) exit clause in his contract at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
But with just two years left on his deal – and with finances tight at Betis – he could be allowed to depart for just €30m (£26m).
Fekir gearing up for transfer
Estadio Deportivo also believe Fekir is gearing up for a transfer after recently changing his representatives.
He has two years left on his deal and the paper also reckons Barcelona could launch a surprise bid for his signature.
Whatever transfer emerges though, his suitors will be wary of the knee injuries that prompted his transfer collapse at Liverpool.
The player needed two operations on a cruciate ligament issue inside a year, causing the deal to fall through.
The player seemed to blame his agent on the failure to secure the switch to Anfield, however.
“I have no bitterness towards Liverpool,’ Fekir said of his failed switch to Merseyside. “I met them and we got on brilliantly. They showed that they really wanted me. But when you surround yourself with the wrong people, it comes off badly on you.”