Liverpool are reportedly considering a free transfer for Eddie Nketiah as they prepare to lose Divock Origi when his contract expires at the end of the season, with AC Milan looking to sign him.
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Eddie Nketiah to Liverpool would be just the latest smart deal the club can embrace ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Arsenal star will be out of contract at the end of the season and doesn’t seem ready to sign a new contract. This means it’s almost certain that the striker will leave the Emirates this summer.
There is already a long list of clubs ready to sign the striker, including Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace. However, Liverpool have now entered the race as they seek to strengthen their squad, according to 90 Minutes.
The 22-year-old had played a small role at Arsenal this season after being named third-choice striker, but the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the poor form of Alexandre Lacazette saw Mikel Arteta put Nketiah out. And it’s been going well for the last month or so.
Two braces against Chelsea and Leeds saw the Gunners push for the top four – which is now in their hands despite a loss to Tottenham. Arteta would like to keep hold of the striker but that decision is not his.
Losing Nketiah would be a blow for the Spaniard – who will be forced to delve into the transfer market to find a replacement. It would benefit Liverpool to see a Premier League rival weakened – although the Gunners cannot really be considered title contenders.
Nonetheless, it will push Arsenal to splash the cash as at least two forwards will need to be brought in to deal with the loss of Nketiah and Lacazette – who are also out of contract. But Liverpool’s main concern will always be their own situation.
And this is the one that will have to be settled quickly with the imminent departure of Divock Origi. Like Nketiah, the Belgian will see his contract expire at the end of the season.
A free transfer to AC Milan appears to be in the works as the striker seeks more first-team football – a situation that seems impossible at Anfield where Jurgen Klopp is blessed with a dangerous frontline.
Bringing in Nketiah could be a shrewd move from the Reds, who will need a reserve striker – despite already splashing out on Luis Diaz in January. Nonetheless, the Englishman proved he could be more than useful as Liverpool replaced Origi without paying a dime.