Arsenal close in on agreement with Bukayo Saka over new deal

Arsenal Training Session
Saka’s deal expires next summer (Picture: Getty)

Bukayo Saka is close to penning a long-term deal with Arsenal, according to reports.

The academy graduate is out of contract next year and Arsenal are eager to tie down one of their prized assets.

The coronavirus pandemic forced Arsenal to shelve contract talks with their players, as the club focused on restructuring their finances amid mounting financial issues.

The Athletic claim Saka was on the verge of agreeing a new deal before football was suspended and Arsenal are now on track to secure the 18-year-old’s signature.

Saka has attracted interest from a host of rival clubs including Manchester United and Premier League leaders Liverpool.

However, Saka’s preference is to extend his deal with Arsenal.

The news will be a boost for Mikel Arteta, who is a massive fan of Saka and will surely call on the youngster in the closing stages of the season.

Arsenal Training Session
United and Liverpool are keeping tabs on Saka (Picture: Getty)

Saka has featured 18 times in the Premier League this season, scoring three goals, and was a regular during Arsenal’s Europa League run.

Arteta warned off potential suitors for Saka ahead of Arsenal’s game against Manchester City.

‘We are trying, as a club, to finalise the deals that are more urgent and are a priority for us,’ Arteta said on Monday.

‘The ones you are talking about [Bukayo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] – they are both really important, not just for now but for the future of the club as well and if the club has something to announce, they will do it in the right moment.’

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