Arsenal appear to have a battle on their hands to convince one of the emerging stars to remain at the club beyond the end of the season.
The word ’emerging’ is perhaps one that may not be too accurate given that Eddie Nketiah is a talent that we have all known about for a while, however he is certainly starting to show his promise as the 21/22 Premier League campaign comes to an end.
The England Under-21 international has clearly become the preferred striker for Mikel Arteta as the Gunners continue in their quest to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, but it seems the north London outfit have some work convincing their academy graduate that his future is at the club.
Whilst many may be looking to use the awesome Chinese betting sites that are available to wager on whether Arsenal finish fourth or not, they may not want to bet on the future of Nketiah.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, it is claimed that the Gunners are prepared to make one final attempt to convince him to sign a new contract extension, although it seems they could have a difficult challenge on their hands.
It has been revealed that his advisors have been speaking with other clubs about a potential free transfer, with interest from Germany and France for his services. It is also claimed that if he wanted to try his hand and prove himself in the Premier League, he could also join a rival.
Nonetheless, there is a suggestion that Nketiah’s recent promotion to starter at the Emirates Stadium could convince him to sign a new deal, but the club would have to likely make certain promises in order to facilitate a new contract extension.
The young forward has already turned down numerous offers in the past and he will be considering whether his future will be at the club further should Arteta be able to bring in a new striker.
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has been touted as a possible signing this summer, and if he arrives, Nketiah may fear that he will be back in the cold and on the peripheral once again.
Of course, a lot of the decisions to be made will likely require Arsenal to have confirmed their place in the UEFA Champions League next season.
The Gunners look set to achieve this, but with just a few games to go, they will be hoping that they do not crack under the pressure of it all.