Arsenal could yet secure a cut-price deal for Martin Odegaard alternative Nabil Fekir.
But while it seems talks will have to wait until the summer in any case, Real Madrid are keen to get Odegaard back ahead of next season, viewing him as a ‘fundamental piece’ of their future.
That could lead the Gunners to look elsewhere, and that is, perhaps, why Real Betis star Fekir has emerged as a potential target.
Fekir, who has been with Betis since 2019, is also a creative midfielder, and one who has attracting plenty of interest in recent years with his move to Liverpool falling through before he eventually made the move to Seville.
There is one potential hiccup when it comes to Fekir, the midfielder possessing a release clause believed to be worth a whopping £77million.
But there has been a potential boost for the Gunners, who could yet get the 27-year-old on a cut-price deal this summer.
According to Goal, Betis could take as little as £26million this summer due to the financial issues caused across football by coronavirus.
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Fekir, a skilful player who is rather different from Odegaard, is not short of talent, but he has often lacked consistency at the Benito Villamarin.
He has racked up three goals and six La Liga assists for Betis this season, following on from seven league goals and as many assists last season.
Though, at £26million, he could still be a real bargain with Mikel Arteta likely to be forced back into the market this summer to fill that creative void in midfield.