Arsenal misfit Eddie Nketiah has refused to sign a new deal with the club which is a clear indication that he has every intention of leaving at the end of the 2021/22 season.
But with Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Brighton seemingly interested in the forward, manager Mikel Arteta could sanction a sale during the January transfer window itself.
As per Sports Mole, the two Premier League sides understand that Eddie Nketiah wants to leave and they are ready to give him a way out this month itself.
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) January 4, 2022
Will Mikel Arteta sanction a sale for Eddie Nketiah?
Aubameyang is likely to leave the club this month so ideally, Mikel Arteta should be holding onto Eddie Nketiah for the remainder of the season.
But the club will not even get a single penny if the youngster leaves in the summer so it makes perfect sense that Arteta will be willing to cash in on him in the coming weeks.
Nketiah’s current market value is £9 million so if either Brighton or Palace are ready to pay a fee close to this amount then Arsenal should not hesitate in sanctioning a sale.
Are Brighton and Palace serious about signing Nketiah?
Crystal Palace tried to sign the 22-year-old in the summer as well but they failed to agree on a deal before deadline day. So it’s pretty evident that Patrick Vieira is really serious about signing Nketiah.
Brighton, on the other hand, are looking to add depth to their forward line so there’s more competition for Neal Maupay.
Eddie Nketiah has played in only three Premier League games so far this season and with the way Gabriel Martinelli and Lacazette are performing this season, the 22-year-old is nowhere close to getting starts.
So both Brighton and Palace provide more than decent outlets for the young forward and if they can guarantee him regular game time then Nketiah will be more than willing to move out in January itself.