With Newcastle United on the verge of a takeover, the Magpies have been linked with several high-profile players and coaches amid the prospect of St James’ Park having a huge budget going forward.
One player recently linked with Newcastle is Real Betis attacker Nabil Fekir, a player who Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is very fond of, even urging the Reds to sign him prior to his near-move to Anfield in 2018.
French outlet Foot Mercato have claimed that Newcastle are interested in signing the France international this summer, along with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, for a combined £113million.
Fekir is currently impressing in Spain for Betis after leaving Lyon last summer, with seven goals and six assists from 22 La Liga appearances.
The 26-year-old almost joined Liverpool in the summer of 2018, having had a medical, but ended up staying at Lyon for another season, eventually departing with a tally of 69 goals and 46 assists from 193 appearances.
Fabinho joined Liverpool in May 2018, and upon arriving at Anfield, was asked by RMC Sport – as translated by Goal.com – if he wanted Fekir to join him.
“Yes,” he replied. “He is a very good player, of international level. In Ligue 1, it is not only this season that he has shown things. It’s been a few years of him demonstrating his quality. If he comes, it will be good too.”
Fekir is a player of the highest calibre, as shown by the fact Liverpool wanted him and came so close to bringing him to Anfield.
It wasn’t to be in the end and he ended up moving to Real Betis, where he is keeping up the good work, and surely it’s only a matter of time before he graces the Premier League.
Reportedly valued at £43million, he would be an exciting and realistic target for a newly-rich Newcastle, a statement of intent that the Magpies are looking to challenge for silverware.