Reiss Nelson will sign for Hoffenheim on loan this week not on a permanent deal as was first reported.
When it was initially reported it seemed as if the youngster was heading off on a permanent deal but Chris Wheatley, who originally broke the news, has clarified the deal.
Nelson is out of contract with Arsenal next summer and it was reported at the start of the month that he had agreed a new deal with the club. The 18-year-old will sign what is believed to be a five-year-deal before being shipped out to Germany for the season.
Nelson has been with Arsenal since he was just nine-years-old and has emerged as one of the brightest talents to come from Colney in a long time.
His new deal will also come with a ‘bumper’ payrise. It’s not clear how much he currently earns, but Alex Iwobi was on £30kpw prior to signing his new contract while Krystian Bielik, who is nowhere near the first team, is currently on £25kpw.
Nelson signed his first professional contract with the club two years ago. Speaking in April about signing a new deal, Nelson said, “It is a big achievement to sign for a big club like Arsenal so I’m just delighted with the contract and hopeful that I can sign it soon.”
The April interview was given just two days before Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving the club. While it’s not clear what the hold up has been in getting the deal finalised it is most likely just down to the turbulence behind the scenes at the club than anything more sinister.
There was some suggestion that Nelson was holding the club to ransom but there is no evidence to suggest this has been the case.