Arsenal Transfer

Reiss Nelson linked with Arsenal exit as contract talks stall

Toby Cudworth
Reiss Nelson has a year left on his Arsenal contract
Reiss Nelson has a year left on his Arsenal contract / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson is a target for a trio of Premier League clubs, with his future at the Emirates Stadium still far from certain.

The 21-year-old has just a year left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium, and has been unable to force his way into Mikel Arteta's plans despite the Spaniard exposing fellow youngsters Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe to plenty of first team football.

Nelson has previously been out on loan in the Bundesliga, spending a season honing his skills with TSG Hoffenheim during 2018/19. But his return to north London hasn't worked out as planned, and he barely featured for the Gunners - in the Premier League, at least - last season.

Now, CBS Sports report that Crystal Palace, Brighton and new boys Brentford are monitoring his situation, as are several Bundesliga sides and Greek giants Olympiacos.

Arsenal have offered Nelson an extension to his contract, but with the caveat that he'll be loaned out for regular football during the 2021/22 action. That lack of commitment has put Nelson off from putting pen to paper, meaning the Gunners may be forced to sanction a summer sale to ward off the threat of losing him for free next summer.

Reiss Nelson
Nelson previously impressed during a loan spell with Hoffenheim / Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Nelson would be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with teams from abroad as early as January, giving Arsenal even less time to provide Nelson with the first team opportunities he craves.

Were Crystal Palace to make a move, Nelson would be the latest addition to a growing list of young players being assembled at Selhurst Park. The Eagles have released a number of players this summer, leaving new manager Patrick Vieira with a considerable rebuilding job on his hands.

Highly-rated teenager Michael Olise has arrived in south London from Reading, and it's likely he'll be joined at the club by Chelsea defender Marc Guehi, who impressed on a season-long loan at Swansea last season.

Brighton, meanwhile, are similarly targeting young players, whereas Brentford are strengthening as they prepare for their first season as a Premier League outfit. Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer is expected to become their first major signing of the summer, joining the Bees for what will be a club record fee.