Hoffenheim don’t have an option to buy in Reiss Nelson’s contract, meaning he’s guaranteed to return to Arsenal by next summer.
German outlet Sport Bild write that Hoffenheim have ‘no purchase option’ in the 18-year-old’s contract, and therefore describe the Bundesliga club’s chances of keeping Nelson as ‘so low’.
Apart from the fact that Nelson reportedly wants to return to Arsenal, there’s also the major factor that Julian Nagelsmann won’t be the manager of Hoffenheim next year. The young German football coach has already agreed to leave for RB Leipzig at the end of the campaign. Sport Bild say Nagelsmann was a key reason Nelson joined in the first place.
This is all good news for Arsenal, considering the way Nelson is performing on loan right now. With six goals and an assist in seven Bundesliga appearances (four starts), it’s certainly difficult to complain about his goal output.
The winger is also deceptively quick, reportedly reaching a top speed of 34.4km/h, the fastest in the Hoffenheim team. For comparison, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s top speed in his first month of the season was 34.8km/h, according to a talkSPORT article from September. No one in the Premier League had hit 35km/h at that stage.
That could make Nelson perfect for the quick counter-attacking style Unai Emery’s side have been utilising regularly. We’ll see when he returns next year.