Lyon boss Sylvinho confirmed Nabil Fekir is in negotiations for a transfer as rumours of the club captain’s impending move to Real Betis gather momentum.The France international, who turned 26 on Thursday, is expected to be announced as a Betis player soon, although a barrier to a reported €25 million (£22m/$28m) move could be Giovani Lo Celso’s unresolved future.Betis are believed to want Fekir as a direct, ready-made replacement for Tottenham target Lo Celso but the Seville-based outfit are also said to be demanding €75m (£67m/$84m) for the Argentina midfielder. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? That fee would require the usually frugal Spurs to shatter their club record expenditure for the second time in less than a month, having brought in Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for an initial fee of €60m (£54m/$68m).Ndombele’s former Les Gones team-mate Fekir, at least, appears likely to be playing in Spain next season.”We don’t control the situation,” Sylvinho told a news conference.”He is negotiating his transfer, we don’t know when it will be resolved but, for him and for the club, it would be best that it happens as quickly as possible.”Of course we will miss him if he leaves. Nabil is a wonderful player, his technical level is exemplary, and it’s beautiful to watch him play.”Fekir came close to joining the Liverpool last year after months of being linked with a move to Afield, but the deal fell through, reportedly because of a failed medical, and the France international remained to captain Lyon for another season.Fekir scored 12 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions last term as his side finished third in Ligue 1.As well as seeing Ndombele leave for Spurs, Lyon have already waved goodbye to left-back Ferland Mendy, who joined Real Madrid for €48m (£43m/$54m).And the club’s sporting director, Juninho Pernambucano, said last week that he believes Fekir will be the last one to leave this summer.”For now, the only possible departure is Fekir,” Juninho said.”I have spoken with him. It was about personal things, to know his life. I translated for the coach. [Sylvinho] likes him personally.”Betis, meanwhile, have signed Spain Under-20 goalkeeper Dani Martin from Sporting Gijon on a five-year deal.
Rabat – DGSN will rejuvenate its leadership by appointing younger commanding officers to several units across Morocco.Al Ahdath Al Magrhibia reported today that the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) is planning a general structural overhaul to rejuvenate the body’s hierarchy and make it more dynamic and efficient in meeting the challenges of a complex and shifting world. Many young officers are set to be appointed to leadership positions in the coming weeks. The newspaper said that the appointees will be officially announced on the eve of Youth Day, which will be celebrated on August 21. While responding to the King’s recent appeal that promotions in all sectors should be both inclusive—regardless of age and socio-economic status—and be based on merit and dedication, the DGSN envisions pumping “more fresh life” in its commanding body by honoring and acknowledging the services of some its dedicated young officers.The structural overhaul is also said to be a required by the new security apparatus Morocco has adopted in recent years.Morocco has been equipping its anti-terrorism elite units with the latest technology and state-of-the-art intelligence equipment since the appointment of Abdellatif Hamouchi as head of DGSN and the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) in 2015. There is a need for younger and more technologically savvy commanding officers to effectively monitor and use Morocco’s modernized anti-terrorism umbrella.On April 24, King Mohammed VI inaugurated the Institute for Specialized Training, a DGSN-DGST affiliated training center to prepare Morocco’s elite police and intelligence units in communication decoding, interception operations, and criminal investigations. DGSN, which has been described by international observers as “Morocco’s FBI,” has been largely successful in its fight against domestic and transnational terrorism, gaining Morocco an established reputation as the most stable country in North Africa.