Mikel Arteta confident Bukayo Saka will sign new Arsenal deal

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Bukayo Saka is out of contract in 12 months time (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he’s ‘very positive’ that Bukayo Saka will sign a new deal at the club.

The 18-year-old is out of contract in a year’s time and negotiations over a new deal have been ongoing throughout 2020 without resolution.

Saka has broken into the first team this term and Arsenal are willing to raise his wages to recognise his status as an established part of Arteta’s first team.

Saka’s entourage are pushing for a bigger deal and cited the £100,000-a-week deal that Chelsea handed to Callum Hudson-Odoi as proof of what the winger could earn elsewhere.

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Saka has established himself as a first team player (Picture: Getty)

However, after giving a positive update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future a fortnight ago, Arteta now says progress is being made with Saka’s representatives.

‘I am very positive that everything is going to be done with Bukayo very shortly,’ said Arteta.

‘The communications between the club, agents & the family has been going on for months & is very fluent.’

Like Saka, Aubameyang is out of contract in 2021 and talks are underway with his representatives.

Arsenal had put a £50m price tag on the Gabon international before the pandemic hit but they’d be looking at a figure closer to £30m if they choose to sell him this summer.

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