Eddie Nketiah is expected to follow Alexandre Lacazette and stay at Arsenal during the January transfer window before leaving the Emirates as a free agent, according to football.london.
The Gunners stand to lose both at the end of the season after allowing their contracts to enter the last nine months. Lacazette signed a five-year contract upon arriving from Lyon in 2017 for a former club record of £ 46.5million. But can enter into pre-contracts with foreign parties in January.
Nketiah, meanwhile, last extended his tenure in north London in December 2017 after his senior debut under Arsene Wenger. Arsenal have offered the 22-year-old a new deal this year, but he did not agree to the terms and he is unlikely to commit his future at the club.
Mikel Arteta has been tight with playing time for Nketiah at Arsenal so far this season. The Spaniard only unleashed the striker for 83 minutes in all competitions, with just one Carabao Cup appearance. He has yet to play in the Premier League this season.
Nketiah scored in his only campaign exit against Wimbledon to give Arsenal a three-goal lead in the 80th minute. But the net against League One opposition has not seen Arteta name the £ 45,000-a-week leader in any of his top squads.
Arsenal would be entitled to compensation for Nketiah, unlike Lacazette, if the England Under-21 star left as a free agent. Per talkSPORT, the Gunners are said to be getting £ 8million as compensation for its development, having wanted £ 20million to sell it this summer.
Why didn’t Arsenal sell Nketiah in the summer transfer window?
Arsenal have not found any suitors willing to pay £ 20million for Nketiah during the summer transfer window. Crystal Palace belatedly showed strong interest in the market, but various terms caused a move to Selhurst Park to fall apart.
Reports from The Sun claimed that Arsenal insisted on a sell or buyout clause, which deterred Nketiah’s suitors. Athletic also noted that Crystal Palace only wanted to pay around £ 10million, before turning to Odsonne Edouard. While ESPN has suggested that Nketiah’s agent has complicated a move from north to south London, despite Arsenal and Palace moving closer to a deal.
Arsenal will now regret his summer failures if Nketiah follows Lacazette while waiting for the summer to go alone. Leaving a talent claimed by Arteta, via the Mirror last year, has “incredible” maturity and personality at a lower cost.