Reiss Nelson is expected to leave Arsenal this summer but a move to Olympiacos is now less likely due to a former Tottenham Hotspur player, according to the Express.
Olympiacos had held serious talks over a deal for the English winger to move to the Greek Super League. But Pedro Martins’ Karaiskaki Stadium side are backing away from the Gunners talent as they advance discussions with Besiktas for Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
Besiktas paid Spurs £5m for the Frenchman in 2019 after he failed to lock down a role in north London. The 26-year-old has been a regular in Istanbul and boasted eight goals and four assists in the Super Lig last term.
Olympiacos are now pushing to sign Nkoudou over Nelson, although several Premier League sides are keen on the Arsenal product. Crystal Palace and Brentford are among the clubs who want the £15,000-per-week winger, more than Brighton.
The Seagulls are yet to express their interest in Nelson, who’s frustrated at only playing a bit-part role under Mikel Arteta. He wants to play regularly after only featuring for 69 minutes in the Premier League last season. He also featured just six times in the cup competitions.
Reports by CBS Sports had cited Brighton, along with Crystal Palace and Brentford, as suitors for Nelson. They also added Arsenal want around £15-20m to sell the forward this summer. But they may have to accept less as he is in the final year of his current contract.
Nelson also has suitors in Germany after impressing while on loan at Hoffenheim during the 2018/19 season. While Fabrizio Romano noted recently that he’d snubbed a three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium and is considering other options.
Arsenal must find a suitor for Nelson as Olympiacos route closes
Arsenal will have to find an alternative suitor for Nelson now that Nkoudou is closing a route to Olympiacos. The Gunners cannot allow Nelson to stay in north London this summer if he is refusing to sign a new contract, and walk away for free in 2022.
Technical Director Edu may struggle to sell Nelson for £15-20m, however, given how little he featured under Arteta. It is hardly surprising that the Hale End product is frustrated by his situation, having only made four Premier League squads since last featuring in November.
Arteta also elected against fielding Nelson when Arsenal were searching for an equaliser in defeat to Everton in April, either. The forward was on the bench, the last time he was, but Willian instead replaced Calum Chambers.
A sorry situation for a player in Nelson who Alexandre Lacazette told the Arsenal website last year: “He is a big talent and does a lot of work behind [the scenes]. I trust in him.”