Arsenal will reportedly require £30million if they are to let Eddie Nketiah leave the Emirates Stadium this month. The Gunners are on the lookout for a proven goal scorer to bolster their attacking numbers with Brentford’s Ivan Toney at the top of their January shortlist.
But the Bees hotshot won’t come cheap. Brentford have slapped an £80m price tag on his head which would be difficult for Arsenal to stomach given their current FFP situation. If the north Londoners are to sign Toney or a player of the same ilk then they will need to recoup some funds through outgoings.
Nketiah has been attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs, most notably Crystal Palace, who saw an initial enquiry for the player turned down in December. According to the Daily Mail, Palace were informed that, as things stand, the forward is not available during the winter transfer window.
But the Daily Star suggests they are willing to change their tune if the Gunners can sign a new striker in January. The report goes on to add that Arsenal chiefs believe the 24-year-old is still capable of improving and would demand a sell-on clause as part of any transfer.
Potential suitors will also have to fork out £30m for his services. If the Eagles choose to dip their hands in their pockets and meet Arsenal’s asking price then it would fall just shy of a club record arrival.
As it stands, the £32m Palace paid Liverpool in 2016 for Cristian Benteke is the most the club has ever put on the table for a player. Multiple reports claim Palace will push hard to bring in a striker in January so the fee may not serve as a stumbling block.
Other clubs that are keen on snapping up the one-cap England international are West Ham and Brighton. Both showed interest in Nketiah in the summer and are said to be monitoring the player in 2024 as well.
But Arsenal are in no rush to sell him and may have to wait until the summer to get their finances in order for a big splash out on a new centre forward. Meanwhile, Nketiah is under contract at the Emirates until 2027 having penned fresh terms only 18 months ago.