Many top clubs are following Bukayo Saka, but right now he doesn’t want to leave Arsenal, with contract extension talks on hold for summer.
Fabrizio Romano reports that many top clubs around Europe are following Bukayo Saka, across all the top leagues.
Yet when questioned on Saka’s future, a source close to the player responded that he really loves Arsenal, the city, and the people are the club.
As a result, Saka isn’t currently planning to leave, though extension talks won’t take place until the summer.
Arsenal are keen to hand Saka a new deal, there are positive feelings on both sides right now, but the focus is on the race for the Champions League for the time being.
In a press conference earlier this month, Mikel Arteta confirmed that Arsenal will hold talks with Saka’s camp over a new contract.
“It is a conversation we are going to have with the player, then his agent, his family — [talks] which are going to be extremely important as well — so everybody is on board,” Arteta said.
“Obviously, our desire is to keep Bukayo as long as possible, because we are really happy. He is part of our club, our DNA, he is growing, he is maturing.
“His importance in the team is unquestionable and we want to keep our best talent, that’s for sure.”
The Athletic previously reported that a new contract for Bukayo Saka is a priority, following Football.London’s claims 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.
But the Daily Mail add that concerns are growing about Arsenal’s ability to tie Saka 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.