Fekir ‘absolutely’ wants Premier League move with Arsenal interested

Jason Soutar
Nabil Fekir
Nabil Fekir

Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir is keen on a move to the Premier League this summer after interest from Arsenal.

The Gunners have recently missed out on signing Norwich City playmaker Emi Buendia after Aston Villa agreed a deal to sign the Argentine, so they could make a move for the Betis star.

Martin Odegaard is also linked with a permanent move to the Emirates after a successful spell on loan this season.

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Fekir emerged as an alternative to Odegaard back in April, and could be available for around £26million, with the Norwegian potentially costing around £50m.

Goal’s Charles Watts has said that Fekir is ‘absolutely keen’ on a move to the Premier League, having missed out on a move to Liverpool in 2018.

“Another player that they like that plays in that sort of creative area is Nabil Fekir,” said Watts. “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,” he added.

In 2016, former Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny said to ESPN that Fekir is ‘a bit like Lionel Messi’, highlighting his ‘huge technical skills’.

The 27-year-old joined Betis from Lyon in 2019, after struggling with injures, but has impressed for the La Liga side since leaving his boyhood club.

The French international notched five goals and six assists in 33 league appearances this term.

Fekir enjoyed his best season in 2017/18 when he scored 23 and assisted eight. It is safe to say that the 27-year-old hasn’t hit those heights since leaving France, but would still be a welcome addition at the Emirates.

As well as Odegaard and Fekir, AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu has also been linked with a move to north London.

The 27-year-old registered four goals and 10 assists in 33 matches this season, helping Milan to their highest Serie A finish in nine years.

Mikel Arteta seems to be clearing out the Arsenal squad, with Granit Xhaka on the brink of a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma, and Matteo Guendouzi’s transfer to Marseille imminent.