Arsenal could soon lose Eddie Nketiah for free next summer after failing to sell the £20million-rated striker during the summer transfer window.
Nketiah has made a name for himself as England U21’s all time top-scorer, attracting interest from both Crystal Palace and Brighton during the window.
A move to Palace looked likely last month, but Arsenal’s £20m asking price was too high, with the Eagles also put off by demands for both a sell-on fee and a buy-back clause in any potential deal.
Palace instead completed a move for Odsonne Edouard from Celtic, paying £14m for the Frenchman to fill their striking berth.
And now reports claim that 22-year-old Nketiah is stalling on signing a new contract at the Emirates, with his current deal set to expire next summer.
That would mean that Nketiah could sign for a foregin club in January, leaving the Gunners without a fee for their academy product.
Nketiah can even sign a pre-contract agreement with any interested overseas side in the coming weeks, should his mind be set on leaving England.
Nketiah was on loan at Leeds United during their 2019/20 Premier League promotion campaign, but the striker failed to impress manager Marcelo Bielsa.
The London-born forward planned to make a name for himself during his spell in the second tier, but was limited to five goals in 19 games before being sent back to Arsenal halfway through the season.
He’s since upped his goal totals at the Emirates to 13 goals in 65 games, playing a bit-part role behind the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli, and now 20-year-old Florian Balogun.
Arsenal reportedly lowered their asking price to £12m at the summer window wound to a close, but after failing to find a spot for Nketiah, they could now lose him for nothing.