Nabil Fekir scores classy goal for Betis against Barcelona
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Arsenal have been made aware they could sign Nabil Fekir for substantially less than his £77million release clause, according to reports. Fekir is an option for Arsenal if they are unable to keep Martin Odegaard at the club beyond his loan spell.
Odegaard is on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.
Arsenal want to sign an attacking midfielder if Odegaard remains at the Bernabeu.
Real Betis star Fekir is reportedly one of the players they are looking at as an alternative.
Fekir has a release clause in his Betis contract of around £77m.
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However, Goal claim the La Liga side would be willing to let the 27-year-old leave for as little as £26m.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic means Betis would lower their asking price for the Frenchman.
Fekir, who has just over two years remaining on his contract, has scored three goals and contributed five assists in 25 La Liga appearances this season.
He was close to joining Liverpool in the summer of 2018 but the deal fell through at the final hurdle.
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Goal claim Arsenal are long-term admirers of Fekir and were keen on him before he left Lyon for Betis in 2019.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made it his priority to sign an attacking midfielder in the January transfer window.
He brought in Odegaard on loan but will re-enter the market if a longer-term deal for the Norwegian cannot be thrashed out with Real Madrid.
Arteta has often spoken in glowing terms of Odegaard since his arrival.
And the Norwegian returned the favour to his boss in an interview this week.
“Amazing! He is a really, really good coach, really intelligent, [knows] all the details in the game,” Odegaard told Premier League Productions.
“He’s a master of seeing the details. And the way he’s coaching us and helping us to achieve things, we’re lucky to have him.
“So many things to learn [from him], and as I said, about the details, that’s something I really like and I find it interesting.
“So, yeah, it’s very nice to have him as a coach.”
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