An expert has told Arsenal how much it could cost them to replace Eddie Nketiah, should the striker be allowed to leave this summer.
As his contract expires, reports link Nketiah to a move out of the Emirates. West Ham and Crystal Palace are monitoring the situation.
They both believe they can snatch the 22-year-old from Arsenal with the offer of a guaranteed place in the first team. Moreover, he would not need to leave London when joining either club.
But Nketiah has impressed Mikel Arteta, as well as Arsenal chiefs, with his strong end to the Premier League campaign. The centre-forward has scored five times in his last seven outings.
As such, the Gunners gave Nketiah the chance to stay in north London by offering him new terms. And according to David Ornstein, he seems ready to sign the new contract.
This would save Arsenal a lot of money, according to former Leeds and Middlesbrough player Noel Whelan.
During an interview with Football Insiderthe pundit said: “I think there is enough to be seen there from a different striker. I still believe they need another striker as well as Nketiah.
“But I think we’ve seen him enough to see he can do a job at the Arsenal side. He’ll probably be used a lot more. I think he’s probably twisted Arteta’s arm with those performances at the end of the season.
Whelan believes Arsenal may regret Eddie Nketiah’s exit
“Is it easy to let go of a goalscorer, a natural goalscorer, like Nketiah? It’s not. You might look back and think, “Did I make the right decision? »
“Instead of going out and spending £40m or £30m on another striker on top of another striker, you could have that different player you need. This striker to go win your football matches when it’s 0-0 or come back in a match.
“Eddie has shown that he adapts, he can play in that style and play with the players they already have. So yeah, for me, I think he’s done enough to deserve a contract.
It could cost Arsenal another £40million to land Nketiah’s replacement, should he ever leave.
They like the look of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Roma’s Tammy Abraham. But the two England stars are said to cost upwards of £50m as their current clubs rely heavily on them.
For this reason, Arsenal should make sure to resolve Nketiah’s future as a priority. Then they can decide if they want to stick with him or, if they have the financial means, go after a high-quality goalscorer.
Meanwhile, Italian release Gazzetta dello Sport have provided an update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Aaron Hickey.