The Athletic’s Art de Roche broke the news this morning [Friday] that Reiss Nelson is set to pen a new contract at Arsenal, following on-and-off talks that have been going on for some time.
With his contract expiring next month, Nelson could have left Arsenal on a free transfer, and with his growth this season, it would have been a blow to the club.
Despite limited minutes, Mikel Arteta has always spoken extremely highly of Nelson, and about his desire to keep him at the club, so this deal will be a huge boost for him.
3 talking points about Reiss Nelson’s new contract
1. Wage and length
Nelson has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal, which will keep him at Arsenal until 2027, but the exact figure around his wage has yet to be released.
In April, the Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel reported that Arsenal had offered Nelson £35,000 per week on a one-year deal, however, that was quickly rejected by the player and his camp.
Since then, talks switched to a longer-term deal, with Nelson keen to establish a sense of stability, rather than chasing a new deal in 12 months’ time and entering into another period of uncertainty.
With that in mind, it’s unlikely Arsenal have increased the weekly wage by much, or possibly at all, and have instead offered Nelson the extra three years, which not only gives him a sense of value but gives the club the option to sell at any point over the next three years.
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