Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah is set to depart at the end of his contract next year but the Gunners stand to make good money even if he leaves on a free transfer.
The Englishman was viewed as Arsenal’s future during his time in our youth teams. He was absolutely fantastic then and he has been just as good for the England under-21’s side as well, earning strong praise from his manager, Aidy Boothroyd, who labelled him ‘a brilliant player‘.
Nketiah, sadly, hasn’t been able to replicate the same goalscoring record with Arsenal’s first team. To be fair to him, he hasn’t been given a lot of game time either, which is why he rejected a new contract at the Emirates. (The Athletic)
It seemed almost certain that he would leave Arsenal in the summer window, but an unfortunate injury ruined his chances. He is set to depart on a free transfer next summer, but that doesn’t mean the Gunners won’t make a penny off his sale.
Arsenal could make £8m even if Nketiah leave on a free transfer
According to TalkSport, Arsenal are entitled to receive compensation if Nketiah leaves for free and joins an English club. The exact fee will be decided in a tribunal, but the report estimates that the Gunners could make around £8 million.
“The fee is determined by factors such as the age of the player, status of both clubs, length of time at the club, fees paid upon registration, the terms on which the player was engaged, international caps, first-team appearances and interest from other clubs,” claims the report.
Fulham found themselves in a similar situation not too long ago. The Whites lost Harvey Elliott to Liverpool and the tribunal ordered Jurgen Klopp’s side to pay a record £4.3m for the teenager. (TalkSport)
Edu and Richard Garlick surely knew about this which is probably why they didn’t really push to sell Nketiah in the summer. His unfortunate injury didn’t do us any favours either, but Arsenal won’t really lose a lot of money now considering that we were willing to sell him for £12 million on deadline day.
However, if the Englishman decides to move to a foreign club next summer, Arsenal won’t make a penny. That would be a real shame, but that’s the risk you run when you let a talented player like Nketiah run down his contract.