Man City increase interest in Arsenal star Bukayo Saka
Manchester City have increased their interest in Arsenal star Bukayo Saka, according to The Daily Mail.
Saka has been one of the Gunners’ best-performing players since his senior debut four years ago, and he is now an undisputed starter under manager Mikel Arteta.
Despite this, there is speculation over his future. His current contract expires in the summer of 2023, but the club are expected to trigger a 12-month option available.
There is no indication that the Gunners will sanction his exit this summer, but Manchester City are said to have ‘ramped up their interest’ with a view to a future transfer.
The 20-year-old had a slow beginning to the previous campaign, but picked up pace with regular goal contributions from the festive period. He ended up with 12 goals and seven assists.
The club consider him as a big part of their future, but the interest from Manchester City does not come as a surprise, given his excellent progress over the past four seasons.
Saka is definitely one of the most sought-after young players in world football at the moment, and the Cityzens may seek to pounce if there is any uncertainty regarding his future.
However, we believe the recent speculation is agent-driven. Saka is currently one of the lowest earners at £30,000-a-week, and a significant pay hike should be on the cards.
The £58.5 million-rated star is represented by the same agent as Folarin Balogun and Eddie Nketiah, who have received sizeable wage hikes. The latter is set to sign a new five-year deal.
Considering Saka’s importance in the squad, the north London giants will surely have to make him one of the highest earners to assure his commitment on a long-term basis.
Provided the right terms are offered, Saka should be happy to renew. However, the club need to act fast and can’t afford to delay a new contract and offer incentive to City.
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