Arsenal are keen to tie down Bukayo Saka to a new contract “as quickly as possible”, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
The 20-year-old’s current deal – signed in July 2020 – runs until 2024 but with the player’s value and profile rocketing in the last 12 months, Mikel Arteta and Edu are acutely aware of the need to ward off interest from other big-name clubs with financial terms that reflect his importance to the team.
The Gunners have worked hard to trim the wage bill in the last year and it’s expected we’ll be able to offer competitive terms. Whether the club can match the player’s ambitions is another thing altogether.
Securing Champions League football this season would certainly underline that things are moving in the right direction under Mikel Arteta and for any chance of a quick deal, we suspect qualification will be fundamental.
Saka has been on the books at Arsenal since he was seven and that long-standing relationship should also work in our favour.
Quizzed last month on contract talks with Saka, Arteta said: “Obviously, our desire is to keep Bukayo as long as possible because we are really happy, he’s part of our club, he’s our DNA, he’s growing, he’s maturing, his importance in the team is unquestionable and we want to keep our best talent at the club, that’s for sure.”