Eddie Nketiah is reportedly trying to force an Arsenal exit in the January transfer window with three Premier League clubs monitoring his situation.
While he was once considered one of the Gunners’ brightest stars, Nketiah saw his career come to a halt under Mikel Arteta.
He has only made one senior appearance for Arsenal so far this season, a starting role in League One’s Carabao Cup victory over AFC Wimbledon.
This follows a season in which he has only made four Premier League starts, with the Englishman clearly far in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium.
With his contract expiring at the end of this season, Nketiah seems to believe it’s time he left the Gunners in search of playing time.
According to Fichajes.Net, Nketiah is “willing” to move on in the January window after seeing his desire to be more important under Arteta not materialize.
The 22-year-old has failed to make the top squad this season, with his only outing outside of the Wimbledon victory being 61 minutes in Premier League 2.
However, the striker’s in-goal record for Arsenal’s development teams clearly places him among the potential contenders.
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Fichajes.Net also reports that three Premier League clubs have “already contacted” the Gunners to discuss Nketiah’s situation.
Those clubs are said to be Brentford, Aston Villa and Leeds United, where Nketiah had previously spent a short loan spell.
It is stated that all three will do their best to sign him in the summer window and are open to exploring both a permanent transfer and a loan transfer with an option to buy.
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With his current contract expiring next summer, Nketiah can start negotiating a pre-contract deal with foreign clubs from January.
Any team signing him for free will have to pay Arsenal compensation for his development, although that is likely far less than the transfer fee the Gunners can pay in January.