Spanish outlet Diario AS have claimed that Arsenal have been told by Real Betis that the La Liga side will not sell Nabil Fekir – unless they receive offers in the region of £43.5million.
The Mirror claimed last month that Arsenal were interested in reigniting their interest in France international Fekir in order to replace Dani Ceballos, who is expected to return to Real Madrid when his loan spell at The Emirates expires.
Now, they have been told that they will have to part with quite a big figure if they are to sign Fekir – who only joined Betis last summer from Lyon. The 26-year-old has had a hand in 13 goals during his 22 La Liga appearances.
Arsenal are not the only side interested in Fekir – who came within an inch of joining Liverpool in 2018. Indeed, AC Milan are also keen on landing the French star, who netted an enormous 69 goals and created 46 more in 193 Lyon outings.
TBR’s view – Should Arsenal spend big on Fekir?
Given the current global health crisis, Arsenal are one of the clubs who are seemingly struggling financially and are said to be close to agreeing a wage deferral with their players. A huge eight-figure outlay on Fekir, then, hardly makes sense.
However, if the players are okay with Arsenal spending money on a new signing despite their wages being deferred – and if The Gunners can afford it – then a move for Fekir would be excellent business, especially with Mesut Ozil’s future in doubt.