According to a report from The Athletic, Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.
The Englishman, labelled as ‘extraordinary‘ by Mikel Arteta, has entered the final year of his contract. He has already turned down a new deal at the Emirates, and he was transfer-listed as a result.
However, an unfortunate injury before the start of the new season has cast a huge shadow over his future. He’s not expected to be back before the end of the window, and even though Arsenal want him gone, no club will meet our valuation.
Crystal Palace eye bargain Eddie Nketiah deal
Vieira’s Palace are still on the market looking for reinforcements and Nketiah has caught their eye. They are willing to sign him this summer, but his contract situation combined with his current injury has made them value him at just £10 million.
The report also claims that a club from Germany is looking to sign Nketiah for about the same fee. They have reportedly had two bids rejected by Arsenal already, which makes our stance pretty clear.
Arsenal are said to be looking at a fee in the region of £20 million – double what Palace and the unnamed German club are willing to offer. That could block any exit deal for Nketiah this summer, which isn’t ideal for either party.
What should Arsenal do now?
Mismanagement of contracts has brought Arsenal to this situation and it’s nothing new. We simply can’t keep letting this happen, but for some strange reason, we always seem to let players enter the final year of their deals.
Nketiah clearly has the upper hand now as he can walk away for free in just 12 months time. However, with offers reportedly on the table, from England and abroad, Edu has to strike some sort of deal that benefits all parties.
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£20 million is a fair price for one of the finest young English strikers out there, but there’s no way we’ll get that when he’s injured. However, if Edu can get about £15 million for him and add a buy-back or first-refusal clause in the deal, it could work out really well for us considering the circumstances.