Highly-rated Arsenal youngster continues to refuse a fresh deal

Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah has rejected the club’s latest contract proposal, according to reports.

Nketiah’s existing deal at the Emirates expires at the end of the campaign, with the academy product free to sign a pre-contract agreement with non-English clubs from January 1.

The 22-year-old star was linked with a transfer away from the north London outfit in the summer transfer market, with the likes of Crystal Palace and Brighton interested in signing him on a permanent deal.

However, a move never materialised with Eddie reportedly pricing himself out of a move to the Eagles with his lofty wage demands.

Since then, Eddie has failed to make a single PL appearance, with his only playing time coming during starts versus Leeds United and AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup.

Mikel Arteta has publicly told Nketiah to stay at the Emirates in an attempt to retain the services of the young Englishman in north London.

However, it seems that his mind is set on a transfer away, with Sky Sports reporting that Nketiah’s decision to reject the recent contract offer is because of a lack of minutes and not financially driven.

The Gunners now have to decide whether to try and attempt to change the player’s mind about staying, to set him for free, or to attempt to sell the talent for a fee in January.

Arsenal best-placed club to out-of-favour Spanish giants star

Arsenal have reportedly emerged as one of the favourites to complete the signing of Real Madrid star Isco in the January transfer market.

His contract with Los Blancos runs out at the end of the term, at which point the player was widely expected to depart.

However, as per the same report mentioned above, the Spaniard might not have to wait until the summer transfer window to secure an exit as teams are lining up to snap him up in the winter transfer window itself.

It further says that, as things stand, the Gunners and Sevilla are leading the hunt for the 29-year-old playmaker’s signing, according to a fresh report from Catalunya Radio.

The Gunners have done a fair amount of business with the Galacticos in recent seasons.

The north Londoners had brought in Dani Ceballos on loan for two back-to-back campaigns while they purchased Martin Odegaard on a temporary deal earlier this year before making his transfer permanent in the summer transfer market.

But their interest in the Spaniard does come as a bit puzzling, particularly when Odegaard himself hasn’t been playing regularly.

Indeed, Mikel Arteta has tweaked his formation somewhat to play Alexandre Lacazette just off the main centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka operating on the flanks.

Flamengo No.9 interests Arsenal but Gunners face stern competition

Arsenal are allegedly part of a five-way battle to snap up Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa.

He was a disappointment in the previous attempt at impressing in European football.

The player struggled to make an impact for the Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2016-17 term. Gabriel made just 10 appearances for I Nerazzurri and contributed a solitary goal.

The Italians spent the next few seasons trying to offload Barbosa. A loan stint with Benfica also only brought a single goal, before the star returned to his homeland.

Barbosa got back on track on loan with Santos before signing for Flamengo on the same terms until the transfer became permanent in 2020.

He has won nine trophies with his team, including the 2019 Copa Libertadores. The attacker was the top scorer in the same tournament this year, but his club lost the final.

Now, the South American could be ready for another chance in the northern hemisphere.

A recent report from 90min has stated that Gabriel wants to return to Europe in the winter and would prefer to play in the PL.

Fortunately for the 25-year-old star, he has several potential buyers who may be prepared to offer him such a platform.

The report lists Arsenal, West Ham United, Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle United as the five teams considering taking him to England.