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Report: Arsenal in talks with 19-year-old over new contract, he’s apparently after ‘a lot of money’

Arsenal are reportedly still in negotiations with Arthur Okonkwo over a new contract at the Emirates.

The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at Hale End after joining the Gunners setup aged seven.

Okonkwo penned his first professional contract in September 2018 along with Bukayo Saka.

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He made eight appearances at age level last season and has regularly trained with Arsenal’s first team.

Okonkwo even made three Europa League matchday squads, clearly showing Mikel Arteta rates him highly.

Arsenal retained the 6ft 5in talent for the 2021-2022 campaign provided he accepts their offer of a new contract.

According to Allnigeriasoccer, the main stumbling block to the Gunners reaching an agreement is that he is demanding a “lot of money”.

Okonkwo is apparently after £1m per season, which works out at just under £20,000-per-week.

Arsenal should try their best to keep Okonkwo – TBR View

Okonkwo’s time in the Arsenal academy hasn’t been smooth sailing, with a health issue ruling him out for most of last season, but he’s now very much back on track.

The Gunners had their fair share of goalkeeping issues last term, with Bernd Leno making errors and Alex Runarsson struggling to make an impact. claimed earlier this year that teams in France, Belgium and Portugal expressed an interest in Okonkwo.

While £20,000-a-week might seem a bit steep for a player not yet proven at senior level, Okonkwo is clearly talented, in demand and has a high ceiling.

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