According to Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Chris Wheatley, Reiss Nelson is set to join Hoffenheim this month in what appears likely to be a permanent deal.
The exciting 19 year old is one of the jewel’s of the Arsenal academy, and it was hoped that he’d commit to new terms and secure his future.
However, with his contract expiring in less than 12 months time, it looks as if no agreement has been found and he’ll depart before the end of the European transfer window which closes on Friday August 31st.
Nelson made 16 appearances last season, mostly in the Europa League and League Cup, although he did feature three times in the Premier League – including a start at Old Trafford towards the end of the campaign.
If he does go, he’d be the latest to eschew an Arsenal contract to move abroad, following Chris Willock who is currently playing for Benfica B, and Marcus McGuane who left the club last season to move to Barcelona B.
One of Nelson’s close friends at England youth level, Jadon Sancho, chose to leave Man City last year and is thriving with regular football in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.
It’s an interesting trend, but if Nelson does leave it raises questions about our ability to hang onto young players and fulfill their ambitions of first team football.
At the same time though, highly rated youngsters like Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe have put pen to paper in recent times, and fans will watch their development with interest as they will surely feature in the cup competitions this season.
The Mirror report that Nelson will sign a new long-term deal with Arsenal before going on a season long loan to the German side.
That would be better.