Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco are interested in signing Tyreece John-Jules from Arsenal this summer, as the club try to resolve the striker’s future in the final year of his contract.
Last week, reports emerged that Arsenal had opened talks with John-Jules over a new contract. The 18-year-old striker signed professional terms with the Gunners in early 2018, but only on a fairly short deal to 2020. As a result, it’s already time for the club to renew or move him on.
After his strong end to the season at academy level, John-Jules has plenty of interest if Arsenal fail to convince him to stay. Football.London report that PSG and Monaco are two of the more high-profile clubs interested, though the striker is likely to reject them over their own inability to guarantee him first-team football.
John-Jules scored 16 goals and assisted eight in 30 appearances for the academy this season. His link-up play has come on massively, and he impressed with a goal in his first appearance for the senior side, albeit in a friendly.
Only recently turning 18, the striker isn’t the finished product just yet, but there’s clearly a lot of potential in him. Personally, I would offer him the chance to be Arsenal’s backup first-team striker next season, taking over from Eddie Nketiah.
Nketiah needs to go and play regular football somewhere, so a loan makes the most sense for him. John-Jules would benefit from training with the senior side on a consistent basis and getting minutes off the bench in the league and from the start in the cup competitions.
Pre-season is always a good chance to test if a player is ready for the step up, but it’s up to Unai Emery and the backroom staff at Arsenal to make that decision now.