Arsenal have reportedly submitted an offer for Nabil Fekir but it’s not enough to convince Real Betis to sell.

ESP: Real Betis - Levante UD. La Liga Santander. Nabil Fekir of Real Betis during the La Liga match between Real Betis and Levante UD played at Benito Villamarin Stadium on March 19, 2021 in Sevilla, Spain. Copyright: Antonio Pozo/PRESSINPHOTO
ESP: Real Betis – Levante UD. La Liga Santander. Nabil Fekir of Real Betis during the La Liga match between Real Betis and Levante UD played at Benito Villamarin Stadium on March 19, 2021 in Sevilla, Spain. Copyright: Antonio Pozo/PRESSINPHOTO

As Arsenal continue to be linked with just about every midfielder on the planet, Nabil Fekir’s name has popped up again this week.

I first read about him being linked with Real Madrid, who apparently want to tempt Real Betis into selling Fekir by dangling Dani Ceballos in front of them. Not longer after that, it was reported that Arsenal were also interested in the player they’ve been linked with for a few years now.

AS now report that Real Betis don’t really have any plans to sell Fekir, unless they get a very good offer for him. The Spanish publication then note that Arsenal are one of the interested sides but the offers submitted so far ‘are far from the amounts’ Real Betis have in mind for the 27-year-old.

“In no club in the world is there is a non-transferable player if succulent offers arrive,” Real Betis’s sporting director, Antonio Cordon said. “For us, it is a cornerstone to have him and keep him, if someone wants to come for him, they will have to pay a lot of money.”

AS suggest that the player is not making any noise about a move but that Real Betis are looking to reduce their wage bill. Fekir is their highest paid player. He currently earns a little over £5.8m a year which works out around £113kpw.

Nabil Fekir of Real Betis Balompie during the La Liga Santander match between Athletic Club de Bilbao and Real Madrid at Estadio San Mames in Bilbao, Spain. Sevilla Spain Copyright: DAX Images
Nabil Fekir of Real Betis Balompie during the La Liga Santander match between Athletic Club de Bilbao and Real Madrid at Estadio San Mames in Bilbao, Spain. Sevilla Spain Copyright: DAX Images

In terms of links ahead of this window, Fekir’s name crept up again back in March when it was reported that the Frenchman was identified as a Martin Odegaard replacement and that he would cost around £22.5m.

In the summer of 2019, when Fekir moved from Lyon to Betis, Arsenal were told he would cost €30m (£25.6m) but Arsenal splashed all their cash on Nicolas Pepe instead, overpaying for the Ivorian by around the cost of one Nabil Fekir. He eventually cost the La Liga side £17.78m.

Fekir’s agent is his father, who reportedly pushed the player towards Betis, as they were the only side also willing to take his 22-year-old brother, Yassin.

Back in 2015, Fekir’s father urged him to snub Manchester City to sign for Arsenal. He said “If he leaves, it will be for Arsenal. It is the only club that can enable him to progress, with Arsene Wenger. He will not go to Manchester City to sit on the bench.”

Clearly, things at Arsenal are a little different now when compared to six years ago.

Fekir currently has two years left on his current contract with Real Betis. He is not part of France’s squad at the Euros.

Previous articleDecision soon: 5+ clubs pushing to sign Daniel Ballard on loan
Next articleArsenal firm up interest in Yves Bissouma
Writer. Feminist. Dreamer. Gooner. Owner of DailyCannon.com, writing about Arsenal since 2008. Sometimes found in the Guardian, Vice.com & elsewhere talking queer issues, politics & football. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.