Arsenal started negotiations with €25m-rated La Liga playmaker

A footballer is never going to change their agent if they don’t want something to change, so it usually suggests they want a new deal or a transfer pretty soon.

Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir has just changed his agent so there is an expectation that he will be on the move this summer, and there’s interest from Barcelona and Arsenal.

Nabil will be familiar to PL supporters as he was linked with a transfer every year until he went to Spain, while there’s a feeling that he didn’t get a bigger move from Lyon because of injury concerns.

Fekir’s now played at least 30 matches in each of his last five campaigns so there doesn’t seem to be a problem there, but it could be an issue for both Arsenal and Barcelona when it comes to finding the money to sign him.

It’s confirmed that he has a release clause of €90m but there’s no expectation that he’ll cost anywhere near as much as that, while Barcelona’s interest may depend on Lionel Messi leaving so that suggests he could be seen as a potential replacement.

Replacing Lionel Messi will be left to the entire team to pick up the slack rather than one player so that might be unfair on France international, while Arsenal do need to add some more quality in the wider areas so he makes sense as a target for them too.