Bukayo Saka finally makes decision on Arsenal future amid Liverpool transfer interest
Arsenal star Bukayo Saka, whose current contract with the Gunners is set to expire in the summer of 2024, was expected to be signed by Liverpool in a surprise transfer swoop.
According to reports, the 21-year-old sensation will sign a long-term contract at the Emirates after making progress in negotiations with the team. Saka’s current deal is set to end in June 2024 after Arsenal used a one-year contract extension clause, but the Gunners have always sought to sign one of manager Mikel Arteta’s most crucial players to new terms.
The Athletic reports that although there has been an agreement in principle, it may take some time for the England international winger to sit down and legally sign his new contract.
A series of reports outlined how Reds boss Jurgen Klopp allegedly hoped to sign the Arsenal academy graduate, who’s established himself as one of the most feared wingers in European football after breaking into the Gunners’ first-team more than four years ago.
Premier League title rivals Manchester City were also said to be interested in acquiring his services, alongside Italian giants Juventus.
Joining Liverpool always appeared to be an unlikely prospect, though, with Saka spending 15 years of his life at Arsenal and Arteta overseeing an impressive turnaround at the club over the past two seasons. As the Gunners enjoy looking down from the summit of the table, Klopp’s side languish in eighth place.
As far back as August, Arteta made it clear that he was “very confident” the 21-year-old would sign a new deal. “We as a club, Bukayo and his family and agent are all aligned,” the Spaniard added.
“Now it’s about putting that on a piece of paper. I would like that to get done because I don’t want players to be distracted in the season. But these things take time.”