Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann has confirmed the club’s interest in Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson.
Nelson is on the verge of a season-long loan move to Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim but the finishing touches are still being put on a deal for the 18-year-old forward.
The young Englishman is keen on joining the German club to secure regular game-time for the 2018/19 campaign after failing to feature in Arsenal’s opening Premier League matches.
Hoffenheim have until 6pm on August 31 to wrap up an agreement for Nelson.
Asked about Hoffenheim’s pursuit of Nelson, Nagelsmann replied: ‘We’ve taken an interest in Reiss Nelson, I can disclose that.
‘But nothing is set in stone as there are still things to clear up. If it all works out, we’ll have a player with great pace who can do a lot with the ball.’
Arsenal are expected to receive a £500,000 loan fee for Nelson should Hoffenheim get a deal over the line for the England Under-19 international.
It’s understood Nelson will sign a new Arsenal contract imminently, with Unai Emery viewing the youngster as a key player for the future.
Arsene Wenger tipped Nelson to become a star before his full Premier League debut against Southampton.
‘He has the technical ability needed in the Premier League,’ the Frenchman told Sky Sports back in April.
‘He can run at players, he can dribble – you don’t find that a lot. As well as link-up play we want to play, I believe he has that
‘It’s a good opportunity for him, let’s see how he does.’