It’s almost certain that Eddie Nketiah is going to leave Arsenal in the summer and it looks like the 22-year-old has no shortage of takers.
Clubs like Newcastle United, West Ham and Crystal Palace have all been linked with the forward but according to a report by 90Min, Liverpool and Chelsea have also registered an interest.
Yes, two of the biggest clubs in the Premier League are keen to bring the 22-year-old on board despite the Gunners being eager to tie him down to a new deal.
The forward is going to be a free agent in the summer and Eddie Nketiah has publicly admitted that he is going to explore all of the options available to him at the end of his contract and now that sides like Chelsea and Liverpool want him, he can very easily jump ships.
Will Arsenal want to hold onto Eddie Nketiah?
Right now, Eddie Nketiah is one of the lowest earners in the side but if reports are to be believed then Mikel Arteta is willing to offer him a new deal which will make him one of the best-paid players in the squad.
The 22-year-old has sparked to life in the previous few weeks and maybe this is why Arsenal have changed their stance. While the forward can still sign a new deal and remain at the club we have a feeling he is going to head out in the summer.
— Eddie Nketiah 📞 (@EddieNketiah9) May 8, 2022
Arsenal are surely going to sign a new centre-forward at the end of this season so if Eddie Nketiah chooses to stay back he will once again have to play second-fiddle. He wants to play consistently but that won’t be possible if he decides to remain at the Emirates Stadium.
He has scored four goals in his last six Premier League outings and in order to keep this form going, he will have to play uninterrupted games, this season plus the next.
Should Eddie Nketiah choose a move to Chelsea or Liverpool?
It’s really flattering for the young forward that Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in signing him but there’s a very slim chance that he is going to join either one of them.
At Chelsea as well as a Liverpool, Eddie Nketiah can never become the first-choice striker because both these clubs are packed to the brim with strikers. Liverpool have Jota and Firmino whereas the Blues have Lukaku, Werner and also Kai Havertz. There’s no way Nketiah will be able to move up the pecking order ahead of such big names.
He wants to leave Arsenal primarily because he doesn’t want to play second-fiddle so the last thing he will agree to do is to warm the benches at Chelsea or Liverpool.
Eddie Nketiah is much better off joining a club like Crystal Palace or West Ham United where he can compete for a place in the starting lineup.