Feyenoord technical director Frank Arnesen says it will be almost impossible for them to keep Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson next season.
Algemeen Dagblad (via Sport Witness) quote Feyenoord technical director Frank Arnesen suggesting another loan for Reiss Nelson doesn’t look likely next season.
“In a final contract year, they don’t loan players anymore,” Arnesen said. “Keeping Nelson, that’s almost impossible for us.”
Arsenal have reportedly indicated that they believe Nelson has developed promisingly this season, so the suggestion is that they’re planning to take him back and assess him this summer.
After that, the 22-year-old will either leave permanently or the Gunners will try to tie him to an extension. His current contract expires in 2023.
Fabrizio Romano recently reported that Nelson will soon hold talks with Mikel Arteta over his Arsenal future.
Though Feyenoord want to take the winger on loan for another season, they can’t afford a permanent move. So if Arnesen is right and Arsenal aren’t open to another loan, then they can’t bring him back.
Of course, Arsenal could look to extend Nelson’s contract before loaning him, taking the issue of his “final year” off the table. The trajectory of his current loan suggests another one could work well.
Nelson had only made four starts in all competitions for Feyenoord by March 1st, scoring one goal and providing one assist across all his appearances to that point.
Since then, he’s broken into the lineup. He’s made 13 starts, scored three goals and assisted six, including an assist to help Feyenoord win their Europa Conference League semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.
Another year like the last few months would do a lot for Nelson’s value – whether that’s value to Arsenal as a member of the team or transfer value.
But it all depends on whether he’d be willing to extend his deal.