Report: Crystal Palace ready to bid £10m for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah
Crystal Palace and another club are ready to offer £10 million for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, according to a report from The Athletic.
The Gunners will be hoping to shift Nketiah in the final days of the transfer window. As noted by The Athletic, his deal expires next summer.
Arsenal have attempted to tie the 22-year-old down to fresh terms. But The Athletic reports that there is no sign of the striker extending his contract.
With that in mind, Palace are amongst the sides looking to make a move before the deadline passes.
Unfortunately for Arsenal, it would seem that the Eagles are not prepared to meet his asking price.
According to The Athletic, Patrick Vieira’s men are ready to pay £10 million for Nketiah. Meanwhile, one unnamed German club apparently values the youngster at a similar amount and has seen two approaches rejected.
The Athletic notes that Arsenal want around £20 million for Nketiah.
Arsenal surely better off selling for lower amount than agreeing new contract with Nketiah amid Crystal Palace links
The reports that Arsenal had agreed a new contract with Granit Xhaka, understandably, frustrated a lot of supporters.
Xhaka was heavily linked with the exit this summer. And yet, he is now pencilled in to stay at the Emirates for even longer.
Nketiah is not as divisive amongst the fans. Admittedly, some have their doubts about whether he is good enough to lead the line for Arsenal.
And with that, extending his contract would surely go down extremely poorly amongst the supporters.
So surely, it makes more sense to try and reach a compromise that sees Nketiah leave for an eight-figure fee this summer.
Nketiah is in an incredibly strong position if he stays. He can demand Arsenal pay him a lot of money to stay to ensure he cannot leave on a free.
Perhaps £10 million is too little. It is certainly not ideal. But perhaps it is no longer the time for Arsenal to dig their heels in and demand double either.