This time last year, Newcastle United were being linked with bringing top class players like Nabil Fekir to the Premier League.
12 months on, and the Frenchman reportedly wants a move to England.
Fekir is currently playing in Spain for Real Betis, after leaving Lyon in 2019.
The forward was reportedly set to join Liverpool a year earlier, but the move broke down after the player’s medical.
Now Fekir is reportedly a target for Arsenal. So could we see him in England sooner rather than later?
According to Arsenal reporter Charles Watts, Fekir is keen on a move to the top flight of English football.
“[Fekir] Would absolutely be keen on a move, not just to Arsenal, but to the Premier League,” Watts said on YouTube.
The World Cup winner would be a wonderful signing for the Gunners, who are looking to rebuild after a tough season.
But could Fekir already have been playing in the Premier League had Newcastle’s takeover gone through last summer?
Could Nabil Fekir already have played in the Premier League with Newcastle?
This time last year, Newcastle were in midst of a takeover saga that looked set to have a happy ending.
Mike Ashley had agreed to sell the club to PCP Capital Partners. All that was left was for the buyers to pass the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ test.
While that was going on, plenty of star names were being linked with moves to St James’ Park.
In the end, not one of them moved to Newcastle last summer. In fact, Cavani was the only member of the trio to actually move clubs, joining Manchester United.
In the summer of 2021, Newcastle are still embroiled in a takeover saga. Mike Ashley is involved in a legal battle with the Premier League as he looks to resurrect a deal.
There is a chance that the club could be sold this summer. But there is also a chance it won’t.
It’s unclear what will happen once arbitration takes place next month.
This time last year, Toon fans were drowning in world class player rumours and manager links. In 2021, the fear is that the status quo of Ashley will remain.