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The Insider's View: Arsenal need to Nketiah, even if it's for £10m to Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace and Arsenal seem to be jousting over the transfer of Eddie Nketiah if you believe the latest reports.

What’s the story?

The Eagles want to pay £10m for the centre-forward, meanwhile, the Gunners want £20m. And the latest reports from The Athletic hint the north Londoners are not willing to change their stance.

When you consider the England youth international has a year left on his contract, you question the Gunners’ stance.

Nketiah has played a peripheral role in the first team for the last year or so. He made just 17 appearances in the Premier League, despite the struggles of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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It’s raised questions over his future at the Emirates Stadium.

However, with just 12 months on his current deal, Arsenal are keen on extending his contract. But, the player has rejected the club’s offer in a hint his future lies elsewhere.

Arsenal need to sell Nketiah – Even if it’s for just £10m to Crystal Palace

The 22-year-old is one of the more attractive assets to clubs this summer. And with the outfit needing to sell before they can buy, it makes shifting him all the more important.

Arsenal need to sell Nketiah, even if it’s for just £10m to Crystal Palace.

The need to bring in a centre-forward is crucial.

Yesterday’s loss to Chelsea highlighted the lack of depth in the number nine role when missing Aubameyang and Lacazette.

Gabriel Martinelli struggled massively with Folarin Balogun performing poorly the week before versus Brentford. And with Arteta showing his lack of faith in Nketiah last campaign, there’s a necessity to sign a striker.

He’s been a sensation for the youth teams, unfortunately, has failed to step up in senior football.

It’s time to wave goodbye to Nketiah, for the sake of signing more players this month.

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