Teenage Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is in positive talks with the club over a new contract extension, according to a report.

Arthur Okonkwo with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Okonkwo on Twitter)
Arthur Okonkwo with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Okonkwo on Twitter)

Football.London report that Arsenal youth goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is in positive talks with the club over a new contract extension. His current deal expires this summer, and teams in France, Belgium, and Portugal have expressed interest in him.

The 19-year-old will assess his options over the coming weeks, with a potential loan move in the pipeline if he signs on – as part of Per Mertesacker’s planned pathway for him.

Okonkwo is highly rated at Arsenal, considered to be a potential future first-teamer along with fellow youth shot-stopper Karl Hein. The two of them compete for the u23 starting goalkeeper spot, and they’ve also taken it in turns to feature in the first-team squad.

Hein made the Europa League squad on seven occasions in the run to the semi-finals, whilst Okonkwo appeared three times.

But it was Okonkwo on the bench for both legs of the semi-final, and Okonkwo acting as the extra man at the weekend once again. It seems he’s currently the man in favour, which may help to convince him to sign a new deal.

Earlier reports listed six youth players for potential departures from Arsenal this summer. Of this list, Folarin Balogun has signed a new deal to end that speculation, and Okonkwo is now in positive talks.

That leaves Kido Taylor-Hart, whose situation remains unclear, Joseph Olowu, who is likely to depart on a free transfer, Ben Sheaf, who is also still likely to leave, and Zech Medley, who is out of contract this summer but may activate a one-year extension.

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