Arsenal made significant progress on a new deal for Bukayo Saka just before the winger left for the World Cup, with claims it was verbally agreed before the tournament.
Though it was only last week that news broke of Bukayo Saka’s agreement in principle to extend his contract with Arsenal, a new deal has reportedly been broadly in place for a while now.
Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail was first to report that Arsenal were closing in on a deal, and Mokbel now claims that the defining moment of the saga was just before the World Cup.
With Saka about to leave for Qatar, Arsenal made an improved offer to his representatives, which was reportedly significantly more in line with what they believe the winger is worth.
A broad verbal agreement was struck then, with the details ironed out last week.
The contract hasn’t yet been signed, and David Ornstein wrote last Thursday that it “may take some time to finalise”, but everything now seems to be in place.
The deal is worth a minimum of £10m a season, but Mokbel reports that with all details taken into account, it’s closer to £15m.
That likely includes various bonuses, loyalty payments, and a signing-on fee.
All of that will seem well worth the money to Arsenal fans, with Saka providing his 20th goal contribution of the season on Wednesday to keep the Gunners top of the league.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the new deal will be until 2028.