Arsenal have reportedly set sights on Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir in their bid to replace the outgoing Dani Ceballos, reports in England claim
Ceballos will return to Real Madrid at the end of the season when his loan spell at the Emirates ends, as the Gunners failed to secure an option to make it permanent.
The 23-year-old Spanish midfielder has endured mixed fortunes this season, as a nasty muscle injury prevented him from establishing himself as a permanent fixture during Mikel Arteta’s tenure.
Despite enjoying a bright start to his career in north London, he has tumbled down the pecking order after Arteta took over.
Arsenal will, nonetheless, look to find a suitable replacement for Ceballos at the end of the season and are keen to sign the former Liverpool target Nabil Fekir, as per the Daily Star.
The French star came close to joining the Merseyside giants in summer 2018, but the deal collapsed at the eleventh hour due to his knee problems.
Instead, Fekir moved on to link up with the La Liga outfit Betis last summer and become a regular starter at the Benito Villamarin, racking up seven goals and six assists in 22 league appearances for the Andalusian side.
Now, the 26-year-old could finally materialize his long-awaited move to the Premier League, with Arsenal adding him to their list of targets for the summer transfer window.
Yet, the Gunners have postponed all their transfer decisions until the end of the season, as much of their summer activities will depend on whether or not they can land European football for the next season.
Although hovering in mid-table obscurity for the majority of the campaign, Arteta’s men had hit a purple patch before the coronavirus crisis halted the club season in Europe, putting together three straight league triumphs.
They sit eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea but do have a game in hand on Franck Lampard’s team, and if they manage to maintain momentum when the season resumes, Arsenal could still interfere in the top-four race.