How Arsenal could still make millions from Eddie Nketiah even if his contract expires

By Louie Chandler

Eddie Nketiah's Arsenal future remains up in the air after the Gunners failed to sell the striker during the summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old is reluctant to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates Stadium with first-team opportunities limited under Mikel Arteta due to facing competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and now fellow Hale End graduate Folarin Balogun.

A move to Crystal Palace seemed likely at one point over the summer but Arsenal's reported £20million asking price continued to prove a stumbling block, with Patrick Vieira's Eagles eventually opting to move for Celtic's Odsonne Edouard instead.

Unless a new contract can be agreed, Arsenal now face losing the striker on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the current season. However, they could still be due a multi-million pound fee.

When a player's contract expires, it is common that clubs are free to negotiate a contract without handing over a fee. That remains true in Nketiah's case, but only if he moves to a club outside of England.

Were he to move to a Premier League rival or even a Championship side, they would be forced to pay the Gunners compensation, given Nketiah's age.

A tribunal would then likely follow, similar to the one that settled the fee Liverpool paid Fulham for Harvey Elliott in February 2021 - following his move to Anfield in 2019.

Tribunals are only needed when a player under the age of 24 moves between English clubs after the expiry of their contract.

Liverpool were made to pay £4.3 million on that occasion, but talkSPORT state that Arsenal could stand to earn around £8million for Nketiah.

The striker has only shown flashes of his ability during his time at the Emirates Stadium, scoring 13 goals in 65 appearances. A loan spell with Leeds United in 2018-19 brought with it five goals in 19 appearances, but he failed to displace Patrick Bamford as Marcelo Bielsa's first choice.

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