Arsenal forward offered to Euro giant, with Saka influence and Arteta signing to prompt head-shaking exit
A Champions League semi-finalist have been offered the services of an Arsenal forward who could be on the move for free this summer, per a report.
Arsenal’s costly 4-1 defeat to Man City has put control of the title firmly in Pep Guardiola’s hands. The Gunners now look odds-on to finish runners-up, though it cannot be argued Mikel Arteta’s side have taken great strides forward this season.
The likes of William Saliba, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have all been superb from start to finish. However, Saka’s form in particular has had a knock-on effect for his primary back-up.
Indeed, deputy right winger, Reiss Nelson, has been limited to just 122 minutes of league action this term. He’s remarkably scored three and provided two assists in that time, though his chances of ever displacing the younger Saka are virtually nil.
Injuries have disrupted Nelson’s campaign, though even with a clean bill of health Saka would have continued to get the nod on the right flank.
Nelson’s current contract is due to expire at season’s end. The Daily Mail recently reported a contract extension has been tabled, though as yet it’s gone unsigned.
Nelson would dearly love to get a crack at regular first-team football now he’s approaching his prime years as a professional footballer. He’ll turn 24 later this year and try as he might, game-time will always be limited in north London while Saka is in situ.
Furthermore, the January addition of Leandro Trossard has placed another obstacle in Nelson’s path. Trossard is ultra-versatile and can operate anywhere in a front three.
The Mail claimed Aston Villa, Fulham, West Ham and Brighton are all sizing Nelson up. However, per reports out of Italy, the winger may have a far sexier option from overseas.
Nelson could oust Liverpool hero in Milan
Calciomercato (as cited by Football Italia), report Nelson’s representatives have offered their client to AC Milan.
Milan will square off against bitter rivals Inter in the semi-finals of the Champions League this season. However, significant change could be afoot in Stefano Pioli’s attacking ranks soon after.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of contract at season’s end and former Liverpool favourite, Divock Origi, could depart after just one season. Origi has simply not worked out in Milan having scored just twice in 30 appearances.
Calcio state Nelson could replace Origi as an option on Pioli’s flanks. His camp have offered him to AC, though the idea of signing fresh terms at Arsenal is not out of the question just yet.
In the event Nelson were to decide enough is enough and seek a fresh challenge, Arsenal would be losing a saleable asset without recouping a transfer fee.
What’s more, losing a homegrown player off the quota who’s only now approaching his prime years would be a bitter pill to swallow.
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