Everton are hopeful of intervening in Nabil Fekir’s contract negotiations with Real Betis, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes.net.
Fekir has contributed two goals and two assists so far in 2021/22 for a Betis side that sits 10th in La Liga.
The name will ring a few bells on Merseyside given that Fekir came very close indeed to signing for Liverpool in 2018.
The 28-year-old is valued at £22.5million by Transfermarkt and his current contract runs until June 2023.
Negotiations over a new deal are said to be ‘advanced’, with the Frenchman ‘very happy’ in his current surroundings and confident in the project.
However, his ‘excellent’ start to the season has ‘sparked the interest’ of ‘several’ Premier League clubs, and the landscape could change if a ‘powerful financial offer arrives’.
Marcel Brands and co have ‘great aspirations’ in the transfer market and have added Fekir to their list of targets – they of course spent very little in this summer’s window.
They face competition from two London outfits in the form of West Ham United and Arsenal.
Where would Fekir slot into this Everton team if Brands gets a deal over the line? Well, you’d naturally assume that he’d play just behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Demarai Gray may have thrived in that role recently but he can be shifted out wide if needed.
You don’t look at the rival suitors here and worry that Everton may get blown out of the water. In fact, Rafael Benitez probably holds more pulling power than David Moyes or Mikel Arteta.
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