Aspiring Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom could reject Arsene Wenger’s offer of a new contract in favour of a move away, according to reports.
The Daily Telegraph today carries a story that suggests the Gunners could struggle to keep hold of one of their most promising young players, as he’s currently considering pre-contractual agreements from Borussia Dortmund, Feyenoord and FC Twente.
With his deal in it’s final three months a decision from the 19-year-old has to be made soon, though the longer it drags on the more feasible it seems that he will opt to leave the club on a free transfer and head elsewhere instead.
The striker made an appearance during Arsenal’s FA Cup victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend, but naturally he’s someway down the pecking order when it comes to Wenger’s strikers.
It’s understood that the Gunners boss is keen to keep Akpom in his fold, and has already made it clear to the player that he is firmly in his plans for the future, having impressed whilst coming through the ranks at the academy.
Whether or not that will be enough to see him rebuff the advances of his European suitors remains to be seen however, with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez all standing in his way of a first-team berth.
Having seen Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell all depart the club on loan already this month Wenger is certainly not going to consent to another forward - regardless of their age - leaving until the summer, but that throws up a dilemma as Akpom isn’t going to be handed opportunities whilst he remains at the Emirates Stadium for the time being.
Practically speaking he wouldn’t have the same issues were he to move clubs, with the likes of Feyenoord and Twente in particular sure to make room for him. Dortmund probably won’t be able to offer him instant first-team chances, nor will the host of other Premier League clubs - Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton included - who are believed to be keeping an eye on the situation.
Nevertheless Akpom does have a three-year deal on the table from Wenger, and Gunners fans will be hoping he puts pen to paper in north London rather than opt to head elsewhere.