Eddie Nketiah is set to keep his place in the starting lineup for Arsenal against former loan club Leeds United on Sunday, as his resurgence continues.
Charles Watts reports that Eddie Nketiah is set to start again when Arsenal face Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium, going on to highlight that it could be the striker’s penultimate home game as an Arsenal player.
Watts writes for Goal that Nketiah has resisted a number of attempts to extend his contract, and further talks are expected in the coming weeks before he decides whether to stay or go.
Plenty of reports have suggested Crystal Palace are interested in Nketiah, and Watts confirms they still maintain a strong interest, adding that Brighton are also monitoring the situation.
In Germany, Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly after Nketiah.
Back in London, Arsenal insist they want to keep the 22-year-old and will attempt to convince him to extend his contract.
They believe Nketiah will get more opportunities next season, particularly with European football back on the menu. But a deal to stay remains unlikely at this stage.
Tabloid rumours recently suggested Nketiah is Crystal Palace’s top striking target this summer.
Palace have made attempts to bring Nketiah in during the last two transfer windows, with Arsenal knocking them back on both occasions. But this time, Nketiah will be available on a free transfer.
As Goal report, the Daily Mail also previously claimed that Nketiah’s recent promotion into the starting lineup is likely to lead to one more attempt to convince him to stay beyond the end of his contract this summer.
The striker’s representatives have spent the last few months in talks with overseas clubs, as they’re entitled to do after he entered the final six months of his deal.
But as it stands, Nketiah is planning to wait until the end of the season to make a decision on his future.