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Crystal Palace: Journalist makes claim on transfer targets future


Journalist Tom Barclay has claimed that due to compensation, Eddie Nketiah may make a move abroad rather than to Crystal Palace.

According to reports, Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has had offers from Crystal Palace and Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, but with the youngster’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, Arsenal are trying to tie him down to a new deal.

Eddie Nketiah has started just three games this season in the Premier League, and this included the last two games for the Gunners, where he bagged an impressive brace against Chelsea and performed well against Manchester United.

Despite featuring recently for the Gunners, whilst speaking with GiveMeSport, Barclay claimed that a move abroad could be imminent for the 22-year-old, rather than to Crystal Palace.

“From what I’m told, it might be more likely that a move abroad could be a possibility.

“He would be available on a free transfer if he goes abroad, whereas Arsenal would be due compensation from teams in England and that might put a bit of a sway on it.

“On The Beautiful Game Podcast, Nketiah suggested that he is probably likely to leave Arsenal because he is looking for more game-time. We will have to wait and see what happens,” Barclay said.

TIF Thoughts on Tom Barclay’s comments…

Eddie Nketiah has been somewhat out of favour this season, before his recent spell of games in the side, where he proved his doubters wrong, he had started just one Premier League game all season.

He was awarded an 8.6 player rating against Chelsea when he bagged a brace, and this is proof that he can cut it at the top level, it is just about consistency and whether he can do it over a period of time.

If he can have a big impact for the Gunners from now to the end of the season, then Crystal Palace may be open to paying the compensation fee to Arsenal, as he could be a great option for Patrick Vieira next season, but if he drops into a poor vein of form, then the Eagles may retract their interest.

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