Arsenal are willing to quadruple the salary of Bukayo Saka as reports of imminent contract talks emerge with the club eager to keep the winger from the clutches of rivals.
Saka has become an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s side and has been a stand out performer this term, scoring nine goals and assisting five more in the Premier League this season. It has led to reports that Saka could be targeted by rival clubs with Liverpool rumoured to be admirers.
Arsenal are pushing for a place in next season’s Champions League, currently sat in fourth place in the Premier League table, and securing that place could be significant in securing Saka’s long-term future at the club.
The Athletic reported on Monday that the Gunners had held preliminary discussions with Saka’s representatives, with the prospect of a new contract mentioned. It indicates that formal talks over that new deal may not be far away.
When those talks do come, Arsenal are reportedly willing to offer the 20-year-old £125,000-a-week, according to The Sun, over four times his current £30,000-a-week. It is a wage that makes Saka one of the lowest paid in the first-team squad and the club are eager to reflect his standing in the side with their new offer. Talks are set to be led by head of football operations Richard Garlick.
The player’s current deal was only signed in the summer of 2020 and is not set to expire until 2024. But given the improvement seen from Saka in the time since, securing his future has become a top priority for both Arteta and Edu.
After signing his last deal, Saka took to Twitter to emphasise his love for the club, writing: “London is my home. Arsenal is my team. I’m so happy to finally announce my contract extension. I love playing for this club and I’m looking forward to what the future holds. The hard work continues so I can continue living my dream.”