Arsenal are eager to tie Reiss Nelson down to a new contract before sending him out on loan for the year.
According to various reports, the England under-21 international is mulling over the offer. The winger’s current contract at the Emirates doesn’t end until June 2023.
Reiss Nelson has been offered a contract extension at Arsenal though it would be with a view to likely loaning him out, as previously reported clubs in Germany keen as are Olympiacos.
No guarantees he'll sign it. His current deal expires in two years.
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Nelson turned down the chance to go on loan this time last year but following a season where he’s barely featured in the first team – he played a total of 440 minutes – he knows he needs regular football to kick-start his career.
Interest is apparently coming from Olympiacos and clubs in Germany. You’ll recall that Reiss had a very fruitful campaign with Hoffenheim in 2018/19 that raised expectations that he’d become a regular under Unai Emery.
It hasn’t worked out that way but it appears Mikel Arteta isn’t ready to give up on the player just yet.
Arsenal are also understood to have offered Eddie Nketiah a new deal but again would be open to the player spending a year elsewhere. The hope is that both players could follow in the footsteps of Joe Willock whose value has rocketed off the back of six months at Newcastle United.
Whether they want to extend their commitment to Arsenal remains to be seen, given their homegrown status and pedigree they may well fancy spreading their wings on a full-time basis.
Nketiah has been linked with clubs in Germany, West Ham and newly-promoted Watford.