The Gunners were long-standing admirers and interested in him until he transferred in 2019 from Lyon to real Betis.
This summer, Arsenal will maintain tabs on Martin Odegaard on Nabil Fekir as a potential option.
The Gunners were a long-term admirer and were interested in France internationally until he was transferred in 2019 from Lyon to Real Betis.
In the past two years Fekir has been living in Spain and remains on Arsenal’s radar which is going to carry another midfield attacker in the summer.
WHAT IS THE SCENARIO?
Arsenal’s biggest goal at the end of the season will be to find a way to retain Odegaard, who is set to move to Real Madrid when his loan contract expires.
The north London club may not have a clause in the agreement that will allow them to make the Norwegian international’s transfer permanent, but they have agreed to meet with Madrid in the summer to resolve the situation.
Arsenal would like to sign the 23-year-old on a permanent basis, although it is uncertain if Madrid would be able to do so or whether Arsenal will have the funds to do so.
An alternate seasonal loan could be an option, but Goal can confirm that during his time with Betis in Spain, Arsenal is looking at Fekir as an alternative and has kept tight tags on him.
HOW LONG WILL FEKIR SET YOU BACK?
The 27-year-old has two years left on his Betis contract and a £77 million ($106 million/€90 million) release option.
That is not a figure Arsenal will accept, nor is it one the Spanish club would demand.
Betis must sell some players this summer due to the financial effects of the corona virus pandemic, and Goal has heard that they will target about £26 million ($36 million/€30 million) for Fekir, who has recently switched agents ahead of a possible transfer this summer.
WHAT DID FEKIR DO IN SPAIN?
In 2018, Fekir finally left Lyon to Betis the next summer after he had failed to land his transfer to Liverpool.
In all tournaments, he completed his first season in Spain with seven targets and three assists from 31 games, and added five additional assists to his team.