Borussia Monchengladbach ‘are eyeing a January swoop for Eddie Nketiah’ with the Arsenal striker out of contract in the summer and ‘resigned’ to not being in Mikel Arteta’s future plans
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has insisted he wants Eddie Nketiah to stay at the club
- But Nketiah, 22, has not played a single minute in the Premier League this season
- The Gunners striker’s contract at the club is set to expire in the summer of 2022
- Clubs outside England can therefore arrange to sign him on a free from January
Borussia Monchengladbach are eyeing up a January transfer swoop for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, according to reports.
The 22-year-old is out of contract in summer 2022, and is yet to sign a new deal which would keep him at the Emirates.
And according to the Sun, Nketiah is ‘resigned’ to not being involved in manager Mikel Arteta’s future plans at the club.
Borussia Monchengladbach are reportedly eyeing up an offer for Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah (r)
The 22-year-old striker is out of contract in summer 2022 and could move on a free transfer
Arteta insisted he wants Nketiah to stay at the club and considers him part of the team – despite transfer speculation – in October, after he starred with a goal and an assist in a 2-0 Carabao Cup victory against Leeds.
But despite two goals in two games in that competition, the record England Under-21 international goalscorer has not yet played a single minute in the Premier League this season.
Arteta kept him in North London for this campaign despite strong interest from elsewhere, including the likes of Crystal Palace, as backup for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Fellow striker Folarin Balogun, 20, signed a new long-term contract in April and has played 69 minutes in the league across two appearances, indicating he too is currently ahead of Nketiah in the pecking order.
Alex Lacazette (l) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (r) are above Nketiah in the pecking order
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta (above) may be forced to let Nketiah leave for nothing in July
Given Arsenal generally play with only one striker in their system, Nketiah is understood to be realistic about the lack of game time available to him and is communicating his desire to leave and end his frustration.
German side Monchengladbach, ninth in the Bundesliga, are free to start negotiations for a free transfer move from January, because his deal runs out in the summer.
Nketiah could then move under freedom of contract in July, but his new employers would need to pay compensation for Arsenal’s development of the player.
Knowing the former Chelsea youth product may leave on a free soon may force Arteta’s hand into accepting a lower offer than Arsenal would like to avoid losing him for nothing.
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