Arsenal to sell forward this summer if contract talks stall

Arsenal will reportedly allow Eddie Nketiah to leave this summer if a new contract cannot be agreed for the striker.

The 22-year-old is in line for a contract extension despite a tough season at the Emirates.

He was limited to 17 Premier League appearances and bagged just two goals in that time.

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Mikel Arteta prefers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up top, so it’s hard to see how Nketiah will become a first team regular.

His current deal runs out in June 2022 and Arsenal don’t want to lose him on a free transfer.

According to The Athletic, the Gunners have entered negotiations with Nketiah and his representatives.

They’ve tabled an initial contract offer, with the player now in the position to decide on his future.

Should Nketiah reject the deal, then Arsenal chiefs will opt to sell in the coming months.

They believe they can get a decent fee for the England U21 international. West Ham is his most likely destination due to their striker hunt.

They still haven’t replaced Sebastien Haller after the flop left in January.

Michail Antonio remains their only true option up front. His fitness is temperamental, so David Moyes has lined up Nketiah as long-term solution.

The report also provides an update on Arsenal’s summer pursuits. They’re firmly in the hunt for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.

The Portugal international has adapted well to life in the Premier League since achieving promotion with the club in 2017/18.

He’s being targeted as Thomas Partey’s new partner in midfield, should Granit Xhaka’s move to Roma go ahead.

Arsenal are additionally searching for a new keeper to rival Bernd Leno. The German made a shocking error in the 1-0 defeat to Everton and that clearly remains in the minds of club officials.

They allowed Emi Martinez to join Aston Villa and are now without a solid backup.

Andre Onana of Ajax is one player linked with a move. He’s currently waiting to see if the Court of Arbitration for Sport will overturn his 12-month suspension, which was put in place due to the consumption of a banned substance.

If he is banned, then the Gunners will aim to sign him once his contract expires next year.

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