Khayon Edwards is drawing interest from a number of teams including London rivals Chelsea, with no professional deal yet agreed with Arsenal.
Arsenal academy striker Khayon Edwards has been in fantastic form this season, scoring 14 goals and assisting a further four in 15 appearances in all competitions.
Yet those strong performances are against the backdrop of a developing contract situation, and interest from other clubs.
The 18-year-old has a scholarship deal lasting until the end of the season, but he’s yet to sign professional terms with Arsenal.
Over the last few months, Daily Cannon have learned that Arsenal have been pushing for him to sign a contract to 2025. They’ve made three offers, with no deal agreed yet.
Ideally, Edwards wants to stay at Arsenal, and it’s ultimately down to him. It’s his dream to play for Arsenal, but there’s a lot of outside interest at the moment.
The youngster would’ve wanted to play more for the u23s this season, even if he does understand there’s strong competition from the likes of Folarin Balogun and Mika Biereth.
Edwards wants to keep playing regularly, and currently, that means he has to stick with the u18s rather than sitting on the bench for Kevin Betsy’s side.
Concerns remain about the pathway to first-team football given those circumstances.
If Edwards ends up deciding to leave, the strongest interest is coming from abroad at the moment, particularly in Germany. The likes of Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig, Hertha BSC, and Borussia Monchengladbach have all shown an interest.
That’s nothing new with Edwards’ agency, who have done deals for the likes of Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) and Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim, Feyenoord) to go abroad in the past.
But the most worrying link for Arsenal fans is the most recent one, with Chelsea reportedly enquiring over Edwards’ situation.
Arsenal’s London rivals know it’s not easy to move between the two clubs, but they’re making an attempt given the striker’s impressive form.
Arsenal faced off against Chelsea in the u18 Premier League at the weekend, so they got a first-hand look at him then.
Other clubs in England with an interest include Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Leeds United, Southampton, and Brighton.
In the Netherlands, Ajax and Feyenoord are among the clubs following him.
A decision on Edwards’ future is planned for early next year, and for the time being, he’s focusing on his football. But time is running out, given his rapidly-expiring contract.