The transfer saga surrounding Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah looks set to end in the next few days as Fabrizio Romano claims the 22-year-old will pen a new contract with the Gunners.
Nketiah began the campaign behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order. As a result, he only made three Premier League appearances before the turn of the new year.
But Aubameyang’s winter move to Barcelona pushed him up a place. And Nketiah got his chance in the final two months of the campaign.
He went on to net five goals in seven outings, impressing Mikel Arteta and helping Arsenal qualify for next season’s Europa League. Clearly, they were hoping to make the Champions League, but the EL is better than no European football at all.
Nketiah has been a target for Premier League teams West Ham and Crystal Palace for several months. They are both looking to improve their attacking ranks this summer and view Nketiah as a great solution.
Two German clubs have also been in the mix for the Englishman’s services, as per Romano. But all the interested parties appear set to be disappointed.
That’s because the transfer specialist says Nketiah is on the verge of penning a new long-term contract at the Emirates.
Arsenal have shown their belief in the academy graduate by offering him terms which will last until 2027.
Arsenal now reliant on Eddie Nketiah staying
The club wanted him to stay ‘at all costs’, which demonstrates just how well he has done in training and in games recently.
West Ham and Palace both made approaches to Nketiah over a free transfer. That’s because his current deal expires on June 30.
But he will reject their advances by pledging his future to Arsenal, forcing David Moyes and Patrick Vieira to search for alternative striker targets.
Eddie Nketiah rewarded with a new Arsenal contract
Eddie Nketiah will sign a new Arsenal contract this summer despite interest from other clubs
While the north London outfit have put their trust in Nketiah, he is not guaranteed to start most matches next season.
That’s because club chiefs are on the hunt for a new centre-forward to replace Lacazette.
The most likely new arrival is Gabriel Jesus, who is pushing for a move away from Manchester City. And with his contract expiring next year, this is a good time for the Premier League champions to sell.
Arsenal landing Jesus would clearly make Nketiah number two in the pecking order once again. But his long-term contract means he has a good chance of becoming their talisman in the future.
Meanwhile, a report claims Nicolas Pepe will be allowed to leave the Emirates this summer and a major European club wants him.