Reiss Nelson is set to sign a four-year deal with Arsenal, allowing the club to focus on other positions in the market this summer.
The Athletic report that Reiss Nelson is set to agree a new contract with Arsenal, following months of talks and a number of offers in recent weeks.
There was some debate over the length of contract Nelson was being offered, with Sky Sports reporting that he’d been offered a one-year deal whilst Fabrizio Romano wrote that Arsenal’s latest proposal was a four-year contract.
It seems Romano got it right, as The Athletic report that Nelson is indeed expected to sign on until 2027.
They add that the new deal recognises Nelson as an important member of the squad, and that it should allow Arsenal to concentrate more on signing a new midfielder.
There was plenty of interest in Nelson for a free transfer this summer, when his contract was set to expire. English, Italian, and French clubs had approached him over a move.
The Italian club interested was reportedly AC Milan, with Brighton among the clubs after him from England, and Ligue 1 club Nice also mentioned as a possible destination.
But the boyhood Gunner is now set to commit his future to the club where he got his breakthrough.
At 23, Nelson’s new deal will hopefully take him through to his peak years.
Nelson has made just 17 appearances and five starts for Arsenal so far this season, scoring three goals and providing three assists.
Yet there was always a sense that Mikel Arteta believed in him more than that makes it seem, regularly bringing him up for praise unprompted in press conferences when discussing his forward options.
If it wasn’t for Gabriel Martinelli’s fantastic form and Nelson’s mid-season injuries, perhaps he would have been much more involved this season.
Most recently, he missed the match against Nottingham Forest through illness, but he was back in training again this week. A start against Wolves seems to be on the cards, with Martinelli injured.