A year ago, Liverpool fans were getting worked up over the signing of Nabil Fekir. A fee had been agreed, as had personal terms. Images of the player’s unveiling interview with the club leaked. Then, it all fell apart.
Nobody on the outside can say why with complete certainty, but most concluded that the player’s medical must have revealed potential issues with a reconstructed knee. Whatever the case, Fekir to Liverpool was suddenly off.
And ever since, some have refused to let go, clinging to the club’s interest in the player in the past and convinced Liverpool would move for Fekir again in the summer of 2019—perhaps for a cut-rate fee.
It appears, though, that we can put that and a year of simmering speculation about Fekir to Liverpool to bed once and for all with news out of France today that a deal with Real Betis has now been done.
A five year contract has been agreed, as has a fee of between €22-25M, and his move will be made official once reported Tottenham target Giovani Lo Celso completes his move away from the Andalusian club.
It would appear a lateral for Fekir, trading a club that isn’t Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 for a mid-table La Liga side, but speculation has Fekir receiving a small raise—and after last summer, he probably had to move on.
Meanwhile, for Liverpool and the club’s fans, it would appear to definitively take the now 26-year-old Fekir off the table with an ending nobody could have imagined a year ago when he appeared set to sign for the Reds.