Nabil Fekir seals shock £20m move to Real... Betis

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One of the most bizarre transfers ever

Football is a funny old game.

Just 12 months ago, Nabil Fekir was on the brink of signing for Liverpool for £60m. He posed for pictures in the Reds' kit and even filmed an unveiling video for the club.

Fans were delighted that Jurgen Klopp had added to the plethora of attacking prowess already present in Merseyside, but it wasn't to be.

The deal for Fekir fell through due to a failed medical, with growing concerns about the state of the attacker's knee.

For Liverpool to call off a deal so far gone, the 26-year-old's issue must be extremely serious - perhaps proven by the fact that since the Red's cooled their interest in him last summer, no other club have attempted to sign him.

Arsenal and Real Madrid were both talked about as his potential new suitors just a year ago, but they were understandably put off after hearing how things unravelled with Liverpool.

Fekir has found a new employer, though, moving from his homeland to Spain.

The France international has penned a four-year contract with La Liga outfit Real Betis, joining from Lyon for just £20m - a substantial lot less than what he was talked about going for this time last year.

Having scored 12 goals in 39 appearances for Lyon last term, Fekir's form was hardly scintillating, but still fairly promising.

However for just £20m, Betis seem to have landed themselves an extremely good deal here, though it remains to be seen whether or not their new acquisition will be able to remain fit for the entire campaign.

If he can, there is no doubting that Fekir has the potential to take La Liga by storm this term, which would undoubtedly recapture the interest shown in him by some of Europe's most elite clubs.

Not only is Fekir a player of international pedigree - having turned out 21 times for his country; winning the World Cup with them in 2018 - he is also just 26 years of age, meaning he's only just entering his prime as a footballer.

Of course the issue here is if his knee can hold out, something which Liverpool obviously don't think it will be able too.

But, if he is able to remain fairly injury-free over the next 12-18 months, we'd be very surprised not to see him scoring for fun in Spain and potentially earning a move to the Premier League.


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