Arsenal will prioritise a new contract for Bukayo Saka this summer, but they may need to qualify for the Champions League to convince him.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The Daily Mail join a couple of other outlets in reporting that Arsenal have a Bukayo Saka contract extension as one of their summer priorities, but they add that concerns are growing about their ability to tie him down without Champions League football.

Arsenal are ready and willing to offer Saka a big pay-rise, but that won’t be the only factor in the player’s decision.

The Mail claim it will be “significantly harder” to extend Saka’s deal if Arsenal don’t finish in the top four.

The Athletic previously reported that a new contract for Bukayo Saka is a priority, following Football.London’s claims this week that Arsenal will look to reward Saka’s progress by offering him an extension at the end of the season.

The winger currently has a deal lasting to 2024, but his new contract would reflect his role as one of the team’s key players.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

One of the benefits of Arsenal’s recent trimming of the squad, with more departures expected in the summer, is that they have more money to play with in contract negotiations.

The finances shouldn’t be an issue, but there are no guarantees Arsenal will make the top four, which leaves the outcome of those negotiations up in the air.

Saka is Arsenal’s joint-leading goal contributor this season, with 10 goals and assists in the Premier League and one in the League Cup.

That puts him level with Emile Smith Rowe, who signed a contract extension of his own in the summer.

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