Eddie Nketiah REJECTS Arsenal’s latest contract offer and could leave the club for nothing in the summer despite Mikel Arteta wanting to keep hold of the striker
- Striker Nketiah, 22, has turned down Arsenal’s latest offer of a new contract
- His existing deal expires next summer and he wants to play more football
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta still hopes Nketiah will commit to a new deal
- But Arsenal risk losing the player for nothing or in a cut-price deal in January
- Crystal Palace and Borussia Monchengladbach are among Nketiah’s admirers
Eddie Nketiah has turned down Arsenal’s latest offer of a new contract.
Arsenal have refused to concede defeat in their attempts to keep Nketiah whose existing contract expires next summer.
Mikel Arteta has spoken publicly about his hopes to keep the 22 year-old and that has been firmed up by Arsenal’s fresh bid to resolve his long-term future.
Eddie Nketiah has turned down Arsenal’s latest offer of a new contract – his existing deal is due to expire in the summer and the striker could depart for nothing
Nketiah wants more game time and that is likely to involved leaving Arsenal next year
However the striker’s priority is to play regular football rather than secure improved terms and an exit currently remains the most likely outcome.
Sportsmail reported earlier this month how Nketiah had informed Arsenal he wants to leave the club after Arteta reiterated his desire to keep him.
And the situation leaves Arsenal facing the prospect of losing him for nothing.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has spoken of his wish to keep hold of 22-year-old Nketiah
Borussia Monchengladbach and Crystal Palace are among potential destinations for Nketiah
Nketiah turns 23 in May and would be able to make a cross borders transfer after that age which would leave Arsenal entitled to no compensation.
German side Borussia Monchengladbach are among his admirers and Nketiah is free to arrange a pre-contract with a foreign club from January 1.
Alternatively, Arsenal could agree a cut-price deal for Nketiah in the January window which represents their final chance to cash in through a sale.
Crystal Palace are also admirers of Nketiah who has featured just twice this season – scoring in both Carabao Cup appearances – but has yet to play in the Premier League.