Nabil Fekir is once again being linked with a move to the Premier League – this time to Arsenal.
It is fast approaching three summers ago when the attacking midfielder appeared to be on the brink of sealing a reported €59m (£50m) transfer to Liverpool from Lyon.
However, the 2019 Champions League winners reportedly pulled out of a deal for Fekir at the last minute due to concerns over the playmaker’s knee and a long-term injury.
A claim that the 27-year-old would dismiss after sealing a move to Real Betis 12 months later.
“What was said is not the truth,” he told French publication L’Equipe. “My knee is good – I had a quick medical check at Clairefontaine [the France national team’s training base], my knee wasn’t even mentioned.”
With that said, the prospect of Fekir linking up with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino at Anfield certainly got a certain Mr Sadio Mane excited.
At the time when delivering his verdict on the midfielder, Mane believed Fekir would be a great signing for Liverpool.
“He is a top player, we would be happy seeing him with us,” Mane told SFR Sport in 2018, as per the Liverpool Echo. “If he comes he’ll do great things with us.
“Yes, it will be like fire if he comes.”
Liverpool’s decision to not sign Fekir was vindicated as they went on to lift the Champions League the following season and were crowned champions of England last season.
However, Mane’s loss could be Arsenal ‘s gain.
According to Spanish outlet Cope, the Gunners have already made contact with Real Betis over a potential transfer this summer.
The summer transfer window is just around the corner.
And the rumour mill is already starting to pick up speed.
Arsenal will not have a huge amount of money to spend, but Mikel Arteta will be hoping to make a number of moves, with loanee Martin Odegaard high up the list of priorities to bring in on a permanent deal.
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The attacking midfielder is under contract at the Benito Villamarin until 2023 and it’s reported he has a release clause worth as much as £77million.
But Goal claims the north London outfit could take advantage of Betis’ financial concerns to sign Fekir for just £26m.
Although, as revealed by football.london , Arsenal’s interest in the attacking midfielder is ‘tentative’ and unlikely to be pursued this summer as technical director Edu focuses his attentions on keeping Martin Odegaard at the club.