According to David Ornstein writing in The Athletic, Arsenal are set to confirm a contract extension with Bukayo Saka this week.
News of an impending deal comes on the day the 18-year-old enters the final year of his current contract.
Having been on the fringes of the squad last summer, Saka has asserted himself on the first team becoming a regular under Unai Emery and consolidating his credentials with Freddie Ljungberg and Mikel Arteta.
Fielded across the pitch from left-back to attacking midfield, he’s featured 33 times, scoring three goals and registering 10 assists.
Those stats alerted suitors from across Europe and certainly made life more difficult for us in negotiations. It sounds as though he’s going to get a well-deserved pay rise even against the backdrop of the club’s complicated financial situation.
Securing Saka’s signature brings hope of a brighter future. Mikel Arteta knows he needs to rebuild his squad and nailing down our best young talents for the long-term gives him the building blocks to do that.
Ornstein also writes that Arsenal are keeping tabs on Thomas Partey’s situation at Atletico Madrid. We’re still pretty sceptical given Atletico Madrid are trying to reach as high as €50 million.