Arsenal’s Nabil Fekir offer rejected for being ‘far’ below asking price
Arsenal have reportedly had an opening bid turned down for Frenchman Nabil Fekir by Real Betis.
AS report Mikel Arteta’s side have launched a bid for the 27-year-old but the offer is ‘far from the amounts’ the Spanish club believe the player is worth.
Fekir was previously heavily linked to Arsenal and then Liverpool during his Lyon spell before making a surprise move to Betis, but the Gunners are said to be interested once more.
As an integral part of Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis side, the manager is reluctant to let the playmaker join the North Londoners but may be forced into selling should they ramp up their efforts.
Betis’ sporting director Antonio Cordon recently sparked rumours after revealing Fekir could leave this summer if the right fee was received.
He said: "In no club in the world there is a non-transferable player if succulent offers arrive.
“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."
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Fekir registered five goals and six assists in all competitions last season while guiding Betis to a solid sixth place in La Liga.
While it wasn’t enough to land the French international a spot in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the Euros, Arsenal will be eager to sign someone in his mould this summer.
With former loanee Martin Odegaard set to begin talks to remain at Real Madrid, Arteta will need a replacement capable of adding goals and assists to a side which struggled offensively last season.
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