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Soon-to-be free agent Reiss Nelson wanted by European giants

Soon-to-be free agent Reiss Nelson wanted by European giants
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Reiss Nelson has attracted plenty of interest this season, including from a number of top European sides, as he assesses his options ahead of his Arsenal contract expiring next June.

The English winger has recently revitalised his Arsenal career with some notable performances and goalscoring returns, after years of him being on the fringes of the squad.

Mikel Arteta has seen the potential in the 23-year-old, and that faith has paid dividends for the Gunners, with him proving to be an impactful option off the bench, as was seen in March when he came on to score and assist in Arsenal's 3-2 win over Bournemouth.

However, he has only made five starts in all competitions this season, and is reportedly eager for a move away to get more regular minutes.

According to Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb, initial contacts have taken place between the winger and Serie A giants AS Roma, as Jose Mourinho wants to increase the attacking options in his squad.

The Portuguese manager sees Nelson as a realistic target, especially due to him possibly arriving on a free transfer, employing a similar strategy to what was done with the likes of Nemanja Matic and Paulo Dybala, who both arrived as free agents from Manchester United and Juventus, respectively.

However, they are also joined by Ligue 1 side Rennes, who have also gotten in touch with the winger over a possible move, together with Serie A rivals Atalanta, who are keen to get the the Englishman signed up to add to their forward line.

The outlet also adds that Premier League sides Aston Villa, Brighton, Fulham, and West Ham United are all also part of the clubs interested in signing him.

Additionally, Daily Mail journalist Sami Mokbel recently reported that UEFA Champions League semi-finalists AC Milan are also monitoring Nelson's situation at Arsenal. He adds that the Gunners have offered a new contract, but his long-term future remains 'uncertain'.

While talks continue over a new deal, a permanent move away from Arsenal seems like the likeliest way forward for Nelson.

Over recent seasons, he had spells on loan at Hoffenheim and Feyenoord, where he showed signs of promise, yet still struggled to nail down spots in their respective starting lineups.


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