Newcastle United are reportedly interested in star midfielder Nabil Fekir.
The top of Newcastle United’s targets for this summer will need to be a striker. Joelinton has struggled in his first year with the club and there is a dire lack of production up top. But, what about a player that can make everyone in the attack better? Reportedly, Newcastle is targeting a player that fits that mold: Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir.
Fekir is rumored to be on the wishlist of the new ownership group for the Magpies. He’s in his first season with Real Betis after moving from Lyon, where he had come up through the youth ranks. In 22 La Liga matches, the Frenchman has seven goals and six assists. Those numbers are similar to his final season at Lyon, nine goals and seven assists in Ligue 1. He added three goals and two assists in the Champions League.
Back in 2017-18, he lit up the French League with 18 goals and seven assists. His first full campaign with Lyon was one of his best. He had 15 goals and 13 assists across all competitions.
A star for his country as well, Fekir also won the 2018 World Cup with France. He appeared in six matches, including the final, but he didn’t tally a goal or assist.
If Newcastle United can pull off this major move, they would be adding one of the soccer world’s best playmakers. A great passer with vision in the final third can help boost the production of a less than ideal striker group. With clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool interested, Fekir will not be a cheap transfer for the Magpies.