Crystal Palace have enquired about Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and can be prepared to pay £10m to convey the 22-year-old to Selhurst Park.
Nketiah has entered the ultimate 12 months of his contract and is known to be contemplating all his choices, having but to see any actual options that he will likely be given extra of a job below Mikel Arteta sooner or later.
As famous by The Athletic‘s David Ornstein, Arsenal have tried to tie Nketiah right down to a brand new contract, however he has turned them down – leaving an exit within the coming days wanting more and more doubtless.
Exploratory talks have been held with Brighton as a part of the deal to convey Ben White to the Emirates, however these negotiations went nowhere and it’s now Palace who’ve proven the best curiosity in touchdown Nketiah.
Palace boss Patrick Vieira is able to pay £10m to convey Nketiah in – as is an unnamed crew from Germany – however Arsenal are reluctant to do enterprise at that worth and are holding out for someplace nearer to £20m.
The ball is actually in Arsenal’s courtroom on this one. Ought to they stand agency and refuse to promote Nketiah now, he can be free to signal a pre-contract settlement with an abroad crew in January and will depart the membership without spending a dime in simply 12 months’ time.
An ankle damage has prevented Nketiah from that includes thus far this season – an absence made all of the extra irritating by the truth that each Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have been out with COVID-19 on the identical time.
In Nketiah’s place, each Folarin Balogun and Gabriel Martinelli have been given possibilities to impress up entrance, though the 2 have struggled as far as Arsenal drew blanks towards each Brentford and Chelsea.
Arsenal wish to get a number of gross sales over the road earlier than the switch window shuts. Sead Kolasinac is anticipated to affix Fenerbahce within the coming days, whereas fellow defender Hector Bellerin can be pushing for his personal transfer away.
Lucas Torreira and Willian are each free to go away if patrons could be discovered, whereas the way forward for younger winger Reiss Nelson can be up within the air.