'I see myself here': £26m star claims he's not leaving club after recent Arsenal talks
Arsenal may have been dealt a transfer blow amid recent reports claiming that they have held initial talks with Nabil Fekir about a potential move to the Emirates following comments he has made about his future.
Fekir looks to be one of the players linked with filling the void left by Martin Odegaard in North London.
The 27-year-old is one of those players who looks destined to be touted for a potential move in every window. But he did score five and provide five assists in La Liga last season.
And according to Goal last week, Arsenal held tentative talks with the representatives of the Frenchman.
It is not clear how interested the Gunners are. But it does now appear that Fekir himself is not looking at leaving Real Betis in this window.
“I see myself here. I am here for the moment and I’m fine,” he told Diario De Sevilla.
Fekir comments on his future are not terrible for Arsenal, but may still disappoint some
Fekir is unlikely to be Arsenal’s first choice target in that area of the field. The Gunners have reportedly bid for Houssem Aouar, for example.
And the former Lyon man has not had the best time in Spain. So a move would have been a gamble.
However, a move for Fekir must have appealed to some. He is a player who scored 18 league goals in the 2017/18 campaign. And at 27, he could be hitting his peak.
And he may not have cost the earth to bring to North London. Reports earlier this year suggested his asking price was £26 million. Arsenal may have backed themselves to negotiate a lower fee.
So perhaps some may be disappointed that he is seemingly planning to stay.
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