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Nabil Fekir Leaves French Giants, Lyon, For Real Betis 

Jayfred Ugo

The 26-year-old France midfield sensation, Nabil Fekir, will reportedly undergo medicals at Real Betis, ahead of a surprise £20 million switch from Lyon to Spain, having just one year left on his existing contract with French side, Lyon.

Fekir has shown no intention of extending his stay in Ligue 1 and was given permission to speak to potential clubs after amassing six years of footballing experience in France.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United target, Fekir was excused from pre-season training so he could fly to Spain and put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Andalucian club, Real Betis, on Monday.

This move has left many in shock. Fekir has been a subject of endless transfer rumours. Many expected him to leave Lyon for a bigger club, but with Betis finishing 10th last season and missing out on European competitions, it is surprising why Fekir would opt for Betis and not any bigger club. PSG, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and many other clubs have been interested in him for the past three years. A player with such caliber and at the prime of his career, many expected him to choose a bigger club.

Real Betis will pay an initial £20m for Fekir. Lyon has a clause in the contract that will give them entitlement to a certain percentage of the incomes that Betis could receive in case of a future transfer. Should another club sign the Frenchman from Betis, Lyon would still be paid a certain percentage from the proceeds.