Arsenal starlet Eddie Nketiah wanted by Bayer Leverkusen in FREE transfer with Gunners contract set to expire

GERMAN giants Bayer Leverkusen are keen to sign Arsenal hot shot Eddie Nketiah on a pre-contract.

The Bundesliga outfit are famed for bringing through young talent and they have their sights on the young Gunner who is a free agent in the summer.

Leverkusen would like Nketiah to commit now and may push him to sign this week to head off interest from rivals, led by Crystal Palace.

Nketiah and his advisers will pick a lucrative pay day in Germany and those figures – on top of a transfer fee – make it hard for the Eagles to compete.

However, Palace could offer the 22-year-old first-team football and that might entice him south of the river.

West Ham and Brighton were also linked with a move for the striker prior to the transfer window opening.

And should Nketiah leave this month Arsenal might be able to sign a replacement.

Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic has been heavily linked to The Emirates.

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Lille striker Jonathan David is also a target, as is Real Sociedad's Alexander Isak.

But there is a chance Nketiah could stay at Arsenal if he is given more game time – and with Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang ostracised that is a possibility.

After playing and scoring against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup last week Nketiah said: "I'm eager to play football and I’m at Arsenal to give my all.

"This competition has given me opportunities to play. I’m desperate to play football, every player wants to play.

"All I can do is work hard and it will work itself out."

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