Crystal Palace are reportedly ready to pay a substantial fee to bring unwanted Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah to the club this summer.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Palace are prepared to table an offer of £10 million for the 22-year-old as new manager Patrick Vieira looks to add more firepower to his first-team squad.
The report also states that the same valuation is thought shared by an unnamed team in Germany, who are believed to have seen two approaches knocked back by the Gunners as they attempt to achieve a price of around £20m for their academy graduate.
Ornstein also states that Brighton and Hove Albion explored the possibility of including Nketiah as part of the deal that took Ben White in the opposite direction for £50m earlier this month.
However, that prospect didn’t appeal to Arsenal as they were focused on tying Nketiah down to fresh terms at that moment in time, although their efforts to do so have so far proved unsuccessful.
News that the Palace hierarchy are potentially set to launch a bid for Nketiah will surely leave a large section of the club’s supporters feeling delighted.
The Eagles have struggled to consistently put the ball in the back of the net in recent years, and have drawn a blank in their opening two Premier League games of the new campaign, highlighting the need for attacking reinforcements in the current window.
Andros Townsend’s departure and the conclusion of Michy Batshuayi’s 12-month loan spell exaggerated the capital club’s issues in the final third of the pitch, and Vieira will be desperate for it to be addressed before the August 31st deadline.
After rising through the ranks impressively at his boyhood club, Nketiah was sent out on loan to Leeds United in the first half of the 2019/20 campaign, where the England Under-21 international scored five goals in 19 appearances.
Nevertheless, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa only started the youngster twice in the league during his time at Elland Road, leading to Nketiah being recalled by his parent club prematurely.
The diminutive forward has had mixed success since, bagging 13 goals in 65 games for Arsenal, although the majority of his outings have come via cameo appearances from the bench.
With the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of him in Mikel Arteta’s pecking order, Nketiah may be forced to seek pastures new this summer, and Selhurst Park could be an ideal destination for the youngster.