Bukayo Saka’s Arsenal contract expires in 2024 and he seems reluctant to commit his long-term future to the club amid interest from Liverpool and Manchester City
Bukayo Saka is keeping his options open as the rising star is linked with a move to Manchester City or Liverpool.
The Arsenal winger’s contract expires in 2024 and the club want to tie him down on a long-term deal. Talks with Saka’s representatives are ongoing but the player is reportedly reluctant to commit his future with the Gunners unless a release clause can be included in his new contract, according to the Daily Mail.
Saka is happy in north London but wants to play in the Champions League and a release clause would give him some flexibility if Arsenal are unable to offer him the opportunity in the near future. The Gunners don’t usually insert release clauses into their players’ contracts, like most English clubs, to ensure they only ever sell from a position of strength, but Saka could force their hand.
Saka’s uncertain future means City and Liverpool would be in circles. However, Pep Guardiola’s men have dismissed suggestions that they should move for the 20-year-old this summer. City sources said Football Mirror there’s ‘nothing rumored’ linking them to Saka in the upcoming window, but that doesn’t mean they won’t come next summer if he enters the final 12 months of his contract.
Former Arsenal star Theo Walcott has warned Saka that joining City at this stage of his career could hurt his development as he won’t see regular playing time.
“Well obviously there’s a transitional stage at Arsenal, which Mikel is a part of, and Saka is massively a part of that as well,” Walcott told talkSPORT. “Arsenal’s younger generation of players are coming in, I feel like the club need to keep it, simple as that.
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“Obviously when Manchester City come knocking it’s so hard for any player to say no. He’s very young but I feel he likes the London area at Arsenal the fans have been fantastic , and at the Emirates, which is one of the best stadiums I have ever played in.
“He has great support, and I’ll be intrigued. My heart says he’ll be at Arsenal next season, and we’ll see after that. He has to understand that playing opportunities will be limited at Manchester City. He will, well sure, to be more likely to win things, but that doesn’t mean Arsenal won’t win things.
“I think they are in that phase, they are slowly starting to get there. They would have taken fifth place at the start of the season, given the way it has gone. Arsenal next season, I’m pretty sure of that.”