Arsenal told huge midfielder deal is still on after seeing first offer fall short

Nabil Fekir, Real Betis playmaker

Arsenal still hope to secure the signing of Nabil Fekir this summer despite seeing their opening bid rejected by Real Betis.

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.

Indeed, the Gunners have been heavily linked with a move in recent weeks. Furthermore, a report earlier this month suggested the player ‘would jump at the chance’ of joining the Gunners.

Arsenal’s opening bid though to sign Fekir has fallen short according to reports in Spain.

AS reports Betis chiefs have snubbed their opening bid – believed to be around €25m (£21.4m).

However, all hope is not lost with Betis hinting to Arsenal they would sell for a bigger offer.

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Sporting director Antonio Cordon said: “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.”

Quite what that fee would be remains to seen, though previous reports have stated the LaLiga side would ask for at least €30m.

Fekir ready to move to Premier League

With Martin Odegaard most likey to remain at Real Madrid, Arsenal are in need of creative midfield reinforcements.

However, their hopes of landing Fekir have been further lifted. That’s amid claims the midfielder 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,” Goal’s Charlie Watts told his Youtube channel.

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