Arsenal could make £35m profit on Hale End graduate this summer

  • Arsenal have to contemplate player sales this summer
  • Some decisions have already been made
  • Mikel Arteta plans to make £35m profit on this Hale End graduate
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Heading into the summer transfer window, Mikel Arteta has some difficult decisions to make. The Spanish boss will already have a rough idea of a squad audit in mind, with a shortlist of players to sign and those who he wishes to sell. While fans don't like to think about player sales, they are a necessity to balance the books.

Some player sale decisions are easier than others. For example, there are players nearing the end of their contracts who will be allowed to leave on a free transfer. Also, there are some players who return from loan only to not be included in Mikel Arteta's long-term plan.

Arsenal could make £35m profit on Hale End graduate this summer

One decision which won't be easy is that which involves the future of Eddie Nketiah. The Hale End graduate has yet to start a game for Arsenal in 2024 and you'd have to stretch back as far as October of last year for his last Premier League goal (albeit, he did score a pretty impressive hat-trick in that match).

While Mikel Arteta has praised Eddie Nketiah a lot in the last few seasons for his hunger and his ability to step up to the mark when needed, he has seen a decrease in minutes since Kai Havertz has impressed as the striker. This renders Nketiah as the third choice striker, whereas before, he was the second.

According to a report from 90min, Arsenal are therefore willing to listen to offers for Eddie Nketiah this summer. The report claims that the Gunners have even set their asking price as Mikel Arteta hopes to receive £30m-£35m for his signature.

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Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in signing Nketiah, so too are newly promoted Ipswich Town, although the Tractor Boys will not have as much budget to operate with.

Needless to say, Nketiah could be an excellent signing for any Premier League team. Particularly those who wish to escape from mid-table could benefit from Nketiah's excellent space exploitation and improvised finishes.

It is a shame that it hasn't worked out as well at Arsenal but Nketiah will leave the club having harboured many great memories. Most notably, scoring a late winner against Manchester United last season during the title race sticks out.

Hopefully he won't be sold to a direct Premier League rival but it would be great to see Nketiah start week in, week out for a different club. It's what he deserves.


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