Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Real Betis star Nabil Fekir this summer after being linked with a move for the Frenchman at the start of the season – and Gunners supporters have reacted on Twitter.
The Mirror claims Arsenal wanted to sign 26-year-old Fekir last summer while a move to Liverpool almost materialised only for a deal to fall at the last moment. Fekir did leave Lyon last summer, moving to Spanish side Real Betis.
The France international joined the ambitious La Liga outfit for a fee of £17million (TalkSPORT) and has since had a hand in 13 goals during his 22 La Liga outings. He has netted seven goals and laid on six assists for the French ace.
Certainly, he is renowned in European football as a top attacking midfielder – and one of the best yet to move to a big club. Olivier Giroud was quoted by Sky as saying he tried to convince Fekir to join Chelsea.
“Then we discussed Chelsea, and I even think that Eden said a couple of words to him,” Giroud said in 2018. “We would obviously welcome him, he is a super player.”
Naturally an attacking midfielder, the report claims Fekir is likely to be brought in as a replacement for Dani Ceballos – despite the Real Madrid loanee playing deeper this season. It is believed that a permanent deal for Ceballos is unlikely.
Though he has struggled to capture his best form this season, Fekir is considered a legend at Lyon after scoring an enormous 69 goals in 193 Lyon games – as well as creating 46 more. He captained the French side before leaving for Spain.
Suited to the number 10 role but also able to play out wide, Fekir has caused quite the stir among Arsenal supporters who are desperate to see the Frenchman move to the Emirates this summer.
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— Mechanical Chief priest???⚖ (@Ai_Zeek_Will) March 27, 2020
more like Ozil replacement. I'll take him. Ozil is 32 next season, ESR need more time.
— nzmi (@MinaUNZ) March 27, 2020
As someone who's kept an eye on La Liga this season, Fekir has had a very solid campaign… Has been Betis' best player and even put in top drawer performances against Barça & Real. Injury has also not been an issue.
Experienced, right in his prime… I'd take him.
— Blanco (@AFC_Blanco) March 27, 2020
i’ll take that deal
— YgR. (@RemiiTerry) March 27, 2020
Good move, I hope he will be a ?
— salaudeen isiaq (@isiaq_salaudeen) March 27, 2020
100% with you. Been looking at Betis because always loved Nabil. He has been great. Best Betis player.
— The Frenchican (@AddictAfc) March 27, 2020