Arsenal are ready to step up their plans to tie down Bukayo Saka to a longer-term contract, according to Football.London‘s Chris Wheatley.
The website’s Gunners correspondent claims that even though the 20-year-old’s current deal still has two and a half years left to run, the club are keen to offer him a salary that reflects his importance to the team:
Arsenal making plans to extend Bukayo Saka’s contract.
Current deal expires in summer of 2024 but club set to put together package that will reflect his standing as one of #AFC’s most important players.https://t.co/bz337Y2sH9
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) February 1, 2022
Fans on Twitter are happy that there is movement in terms of getting Saka to commit his future to the side, especially as there is likely to be a lot of interest in the England international from other clubs, such as Manchester City and Liverpool:
Arsenal should insert a billion buy out clause for this golden boy.
— Twe Bötulli🇲🇼 (@TwesaNdovi) February 1, 2022
Let’s hope so because we need to hold on to him, for a little longer at least. Btw NO SIGNINGS!
— DC FanBoyz (@DCFanboyz) February 1, 2022
Keep him for as long as possible that boy is gonna be a star ⚽️💎
— Edwardo Adams (@Adams08Edwardo) February 1, 2022
I can see Man City putting the pressure on Arsenal to sell him if he doesn’t sign a new contract
— Sarge the Teenage Cat ❤️ Thank you Nessie (@markpassmore12) February 1, 2022
Hold tight Saka and hold tight Smith Rowe – all good things start in Hale End 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/Ut5VoJtzGc
— Daze The Kid (@DazeTheKid) February 1, 2022
They better before Man City approach him.
— Skint Gang (@LethalBizzle) February 1, 2022
Some good news…
I pray he stays
— Awesome (@Oficial_Awesome) February 1, 2022
Give him auba salary . 👍
— Abhishek Rawat (@abhirawat2940) February 1, 2022
Saka undoubtedly merits his extension, despite having only signed his last contract eighteen months ago. He has become a key first-team player during that time and he deserves to be recognised as such with his pay packet.
Getting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as well as other players, off the wage bill will certainly give Arsenal a lot of room to manoeuvre financially when talks begin with Saka.