Arsenal could be handed a huge favour by Brighton in their pursuit of James Maddison with the Seagulls interested in Gunners forward Eddie Nketiah.
According to The Sun, Graham Potter reportedly wants to invest in his forward line this summer and have sounded out a number of options.
However, Arsenal striker Nketiah is reportedly his priority and is hoping to secure the signing of the 22-year-old for approximately £20m.
The former England U21 appears unlikely to have a future at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners thought to be open to selling. He has just one year remaining on his current contract at north London and does not appear to be a long-term option to spearhead the Arsenal attack under Mikel Arteta.
Nketiah has made 65 appearances for the Gunners since he made his breakthrough during the 2017/18 season but has only managed to net 13 goals in all competitions.
He is firmly behind the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for a starting berth, whilst the Gunners have also been linked to Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez – a move that would see Nketiah starved even further of opportunities.
The 22-year-old, who has recently been ruled out for a month through injury, admitted in April that he was feeling let-down by the amount of opportunities he was getting at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said: “I think I had a very good first half of the season, I was getting a lot of games, but in recent weeks I’ve not played as much as I would’ve liked to.
“It’s been disappointing but I always work hard, prepare well and make sure I’m ready when I’m called on.”
Should Arsenal choose to cash-in at the mooted £20m, that fee would certainly help them in their pursuit of Leicester City’s James Maddison, with the Foxes having slapped a minimum £70m asking price on the midfielder.
Meanwhile, he could also become the second piece of business done between Brighton and Arsenal this summer, with Ben White having secured a £50m move to the Emirates Stadium recently.
Source by Football London