Transfer blow to Arsenal; Nabil Fekir to stay at Betis


Arsenal have suffered a transfer blow as Nabil Fekir has reportedly told hi current Real Betis he is willing to stay at the La Liga club.

The France playmaker, who had moved to Real Betis before current season, has an impressive season in La Liga so far. Fekir signed a four-year contract with Spanish club Real Betis for an initial fee of €19.75 million and €10 million in add-ons. He had an injury-hit run with Spanish club and scored 7 goals and provided six assists in 23 appearances before suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Arsenal and AC Milan have previously been linked with the 26-year-old but Fekir has committed his future to Betis, according to Marca. Fekir would only reportedly consider making a switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid or Barcelona or if Betis had to move him on due to the financial effects of Covid-19.

Fekir came close to joining Liverpool in 2018 from Ligue 1 side Lyon but the transfer collapsed in the final stages. Following interest from the Merseyside club and Arsenal Fekir signed a four-year deal in a £22million move to Betis last July.

The Spanish government announced this week that La Liga players can return to individual training from May 4, as the first step of a four-phase plan to ease the country back to some form of normality by July.

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