According to various reports, William Saliba and Bukayo Saka have had their deals at Arsenal extended until the summer of 2024 after the club activated 12-month extension clauses included in their existing contracts.
It’s not much of a story, to be honest.
The club increasingly negotiates contracts that allow for a little ‘thanks but no thanks’ wiggle room if the player is deemed both worthless and surplus to requirements but in the case of Saliba and Saka that clearly isn’t the case.
As has been well-documented, we are in fact trying to tie down both players to longer deals which will hopefully be agreed upon at some point in the next few months. The same applies to Charlie Patino.
Gabriel Martinelli, who is also in contract talks with the club, Mo Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Matt Turner and Martin Odegaard have similar clauses, and there may well be others.
As far as we’re aware, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are the only members of the first team squad who could leave for free next summer.