Transfer Predictor: Nabil Fekir's move to Real Betis gets a 7 and Borja Iglesias to West Ham is a 5

Sooraj Kamath - Writer 12:40 14/07/2019
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Nabil Fekir was on the verge of joining Liverpool last summer.

Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.

We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for West Ham, Paris-Saint Germain and Real Betis.


Espanyol -> €28 million -> West Ham

Marca report that Espanyol’s best attacker of the 2018/19 season Iglesias could have his release clause of €28 million triggered by West Ham. This rumour surfaced only days after the London club failed to acquire Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez.


West Ham would have you believe that there’s something attractive about tier two strikers in La Liga. After failing to sign Gomez, the Hammers have turned their attention to Iglesias, who just enjoyed a 20-goal season with Barcelona’s second club.

The transfer fee could be on their side this time as the 26-year-old’s contract can be bought out for just €28m, which is €22 million less than Gomez’s release clause.

The Galician is in great touch and could prove to be an able replacement for Marko Arnautovic.


Real Betis are also interested in buying the player and could pay up to €30m to acquire his services, according to various Spanish outlets.

However, the twist is that the Seville club want to do it over installments and are yet to reach an agreement with Espanyol over the mode of payment.

In any case, the possibility of Iglesias continuing to ply his trade in the familiar territory of La Liga can’t be ignored.



Tiemoue Bakayoko looks on

Chelsea -> Loan -> Paris Saint-Germain

An impressive stint with AC Milan has earned Chelsea midfielder Bakayoko a possibility of a move to his hometown and test himself at the biggest club in France.

Goal report that PSG are plotting a one-year loan move with a purchase option for the Frenchman as they look to add depth to their squad following the departure of Adrien Rabiot to Juventus on a free transfer.


It’s unlikely that Chelsea will want to keep the player after a woeful 2017/18 season. PSG want him and he wants to play in Paris, or so he told L’Equipe.

“Yes, for sure, one day I would like to play in Paris,” Bakayoko said. “I cannot lie about it. It’s big for me and my loved ones. We are real Parisians.”

The loan deal hence seems straightforward and one that is very likely to materialise.


Bakayoko was not in Maurizio Sarri’s plans but with the managerial change and the transfer ban complicating the situation, the London club could have to think twice before letting their sixth most expensive transfer go so easily.

At the moment, the player is on the Blues’ pre-season tour and the decision to let him go on loan is Frank Lampard’s to make. The former Chelsea midfielder would want his options open amid the transfer ban.



Nabil Fekir

Lyon -> €30 million -> Real Betis

Welcome to the most bizarre transfer story of the day. Fekir was inches from joining reigning Champions League winners Liverpool last summer but could now see himself wearing the green and white stripes in Seville.

Several publications such as Le Parisien and Marca claim that Betis are not only interested in Fekir, but are in advanced talks and could finalise a deal worth €30m soon.


Once a hot prospect, could the Frenchman really sign for a club which has not had a sniff a trophy for a while? Don’t be surprised. Despite not falling into the category of the ‘big clubs’ in Spain, Betis have managed to pull off impressive transfers in the last two seasons thanks to a good sporting project and massive strides made in the growth of the club.

Betis managed to rope in top players like Marc Bartra, William Carvalho, Sergio Canales, Diego Lainez and Giovani Lo Celso in the last two years. In fact, Fekir could also be seen as a slight downgrade to the last name on the list – the player he will be replacing in the starting line-up.

Lo Celso is off to the Premier League in all likelihood and Fekir could pick up the mantle in midfield.


The figure surrounding the rumour is half as much as transfermarkt’s valuation (€60 million) of Fekir. It’s hard to believe that Lyon would agree to a transfer fee as low as €30m in this inflated market, regardless of what reliable sources say.

Should the French club demand a sum close to the player’s value, Betis could opt for a cheaper alternative.


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