Crystal Palace are considering competing with Borussia Mönchengladbach to secure a transfer to Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah after retiring this summer, according to Calciomercato.
The Eagles are still admiring what Nketiah could offer under Patrick Vieira at Selhurst Park as his Gunners contract expires.
Palace investigated a deal for the 22-year-old in the final transfer window, but several factors caused the shift to fall through.
Reports from talkSPORT claimed that Crystal Palace threw in at Arsenal’s £ 20m bid price plus a sale fee and a buyback clause. Instead, Celtic are paying £ 14m to sign Odsonne Edouard.
Nketiah can now leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of his £ 45,000-a-week contract in June next year. The Gunners will only earn around £ 8 million in compensation if he joins an English club.
Nketiah also has no interest in extending his contract at Arsenal, as the Daily Mail now reports he has told the Gunners he wants to leave, despite Mikel Arteta’s recent efforts.
The attacker’s priority is to seek more regular playing time. Although The Sun also reported in September, he could chase a £ 60k-a / w contract plus a sign-up bonus should he leave.
Palace face German competition over transfer of Arsenal striker Nketiah
Crystal Palace, who are now reviving their interest in a transfer to Nketiah, can, however, watch the Eagles face competition from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
The Mirror reports that the German outfit is seeking to agree on a pre-contract to sign Nketiah for free next summer. With the Bundesliga team able to start negotiating a switch from January.
Nketiah does not see his future at Arsenal as Arteta has only allocated the English U21 star 173 minutes this season. He is also not yet outside the Carabao Cup and has only made one Premier League squad. Takes a seat on the bench against Watford this month.
Although Arsenal boss Arteta has previously been full of praise for the Crystal Palace transfer target, Nketiah. Named him ‘extraordinary’ via Gunner’s website last year.
The Spaniard added: “He has a huge personality to play, confidence, he is strong and develops in all areas.”
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