According to a report from ESPN, Manchester City are tracking the progress of Arsenal star Bukayo Saka ahead of a possible move in the summer transfer window.
Bukayo Saka, 20, is rated as one of English football’s top young talents, and his development at Arsenal over the last couple of years has been nothing short of sensational. A full England international, the wide attacker has starred for the Gunners yet again, bagging six goals and four assists in 21 Premier League games so far this season.
The 20-year-old’s performances for Arsenal haven’t gone unnoticed, with Liverpool also keeping tabs on him, claims ESPN. Saka has a contract at the Emirates Stadium until 2023, so the north London giants face a crucial summer in their bid to keep hold of their prized asset.
Arsenal have not played Champions League football for six years now and failure to again make it to the top four could see Manchester City and Liverpool both make a move for Saka, the report adds.
The Sky Blues efficiently conducted their transfer business in the recently-concluded January transfer window, signing Argentinean starlet Julian Alvarez from River Plate before loaning him back for the remainder of the season. Despite bringing in Alvarez, they are expected to be in the running for Borussia Dortmund’s goal-machine, Erling Haaland, who, however, prefers a move to Real Madrid.
Now, Manchester City are also planning to launch a summer swoop for Saka, who is destined for a bright future in the game. Due to their financial clout and the ability to offer Saka the chance to work with coach Pep Guardiola, the Cityzens are a serious threat to Liverpool.
Saka has less than 18 months remaining on his contract, and Arsenal must either come up with a new deal before the end of the season or risk losing him for nothing in 2023. All in all, Man City’s interest has certainly made Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s task of keeping their highly-rated English talent a tad difficult.
For an ambitious young player like Saka, turning down Manchester City will be tough if they come calling in the summer.