Arteta lines up £36m seven-goal maestro as Arsenal plan for midfielder exit

Date published: Friday 27th March 2020 1:49

Arsenal have enquired about the availability of Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir ahead of a potential summer swoop, according to reports.

Fekir, a World Cup winner with his native France, was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer of 2018 but a move to Anfield broke down at the final hour due to issues with his medical.

The 26-year-old made the switch to LaLiga at the end of last season and has scored seven goals while assisting six others in 23 appearances in all competitions this term.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal were offered the chance to sign £36million-rated Fekir last summer but instead chose to bring Dani Ceballos to The Emirates on loan from Real Madrid.

However, after Ceballos has largely failed to impress in his time in North London, the newspaper says that Arsenal are now set to go back in for Fekir.

Club scouts have reportedly watched the playmaker on several occasions this term and remain convinced that he would be a solid addition to Mikel Arteta‘s team.

Ceballos, meanwhile, hit the ground running at Arsenal with two assists in a 2-1 win over Burnley in August but the Spaniard later suffered a hamstring injury in November which kept him out past the turn of the year.

 

 

Previous reports have suggested that Ceballos has done enough to earn a permanent move to the Gunners but the Daily Star now says that Arsenal are willing to move on.

In other news, Arsenal have reportedly been put on alert after Philippe Coutinho earmarked the club as an ideal next destination following his loan spell at Bayern Munich.

The Barcelona midfielder has failed to settle in Catalonia and is expected to push for another spell away this summer, with a Premier League return said to be a favoured move.

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