Arsenal’s contract talks with youngster Bukayo Saka were at deadlock,he has only 15 months left on his deal
Arsenal’s contract talks with Bukayo Saka were at deadlock before football was suspended to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
Saka has only 15 months left on his deal at the Emirates and his club want him tied to a new long-term deal, rather than risk him leaving for just compensation.
Mikel Arteta’s squad are self-isolating after their manager tested positive for Covid-19 and work will be needed on Saka’s new contract when they return next week.
The England Under-19 international is now on the radar of Europe’s top teams following his breakthrough season in the Premier League.
He is still under the terms of his first professional contract, around £7,000-a-week plus appearance money, but has been a regular under Arteta.
The 18-year-old has featured in all but one of Arteta’s matches since the new manager’s appointment in December.
His focus has been on playing regularly rather than a new deal but that has led to rival clubs sensing he could be available.
Saka is expected to be deployed eventually as a wide-forward but this season has been played at left-back for most of his appearances because of the injuries suffered by Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.
He is one of a small group of English teenagers playing regularly in the Premier League, along with Mason Greenwood at Manchester United.
Over the Christmas period he publicly stated that he is weighing up his international options as he qualifies for Nigeria as well as England. He qualifies for Nigeria through his parents but neither nation had made approaches about him committing his future.