Arsenal hopes of selling Eddie Nketiah to Crystal Palace receive boost
One of the problems Arsenal have had this summer is selling some of their fringe players with Eddie Nketiah amongst those still at the Emirates having been linked with a move away.
Nketiah is now into the final year of his contract in North London. And according to The Athletic, the Gunners are yet to agree fresh terms with the 22-year-old.
So it would certainly appear to be a boost if Arsenal could sell the striker before the deadline passes.
And it seems that Crystal Palace may provide his clearest path out of the club.
According to The Athletic this week, the Eagles are ready to offer £10 million for Nketiah.
The problem however, is that Arsenal value the youngster at double that price. So it would appear that the two sides are some way apart in their valuations.
Given the issues Arsenal have had selling players, some fans may have their concerns about what the future holds for Nketiah – whether he may leave on a free or end up signing a new contract simply to protect his value.
But perhaps Mikel Arteta’s men have now received a boost to their hopes of receiving a substantial fee for Nketiah.
Goal concerns for Crystal Palace surely boost Arsenal hopes of selling Nketiah before deadline
Patrick Vieira is not off to the best start at Selhurst Park. They have lost two and drawn one of their opening three games under the Frenchman.
And what seems particularly concerning is that they are still awaiting their first goal of the campaign in any competition.
In fact, the only other team in the top flight that is yet to score so far is Arsenal. But they have an opportunity to rectify that when they face West Brom in the Carabao Cup tonight.
Vieira has handed opportunities to all of his attacking options already. So their lack of success in front of goal will surely be a concern.
Surely therefore, they will look at the market to see if they can sign another striker before the window shuts.
And that may perhaps prompt them to make a bid for Nketiah. With time running out, there is also less room for negotiations over a price.
Admittedly, some fans were concerned about the links with Nketiah. He has not exactly been prolific for Arsenal.
But Palace are reportedly willing to pay £10 million already. So perhaps they may ultimately feel that offering more is less of a gamble than letting the window shut without another striker coming in.