Magpies set to miss out on French star Fekir

French midfielder Nabil Fekir looks likely to stay at Real Betis this summer after the Real Betis president told media they have “no plans for his departure”.

World Cup winner Fekir is one of a number of big name players to be linked with moves to the north east in the wake of the potential takeover.

The sale of United, which will see Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund take a controlling 80% stake in the club, could make Newcastle one of world football’s biggest financial powers.

As a result of that, transfer speculation has been rife, despite the fact the takeover hasn’t actually gone through yet.

Fekir, alongside the likes of Edinson Cavani, Antoine Griezmann and a host of other ridiculous names, has been heavily linked with a transfer to St James’ Park. However, Betis club president Angel Haro says he’s going nowhere:

“We have spoken with Fekir and he is very satisfied, not with the team’s performance, but with his stay in Seville and he wants to continue,” said Haro.

“We would like him to continue, he is a player of great quality, and from there we will see, but we have no plans for his departure.”

Nabil Fekir

While it would’ve been incredible to sign such a player, it seems unlikely the new owners will have put a whole lot of thought into transfers at this stage.

There’s still some hurdles to be jumped in terms of the takeover itself, so it’s important we concentrate on that before worrying about which players the club will be able to sign in the aftermath.

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