Manchester City are reportedly plotting an ambitious move to sign Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka in the January transfer window. However, the Gunners do not want to sell their star player.
The winger is also happy with the current position of the club and their ambition in the transfer window. However, his contract with the club is going to expire in the next 2 seasons.
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According to reports, Manchester City are showing interest in signing Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka in the January transfer window. The report also claims that the Gunners have no intention to sell their star winger. Hence, an audacious bid is likely to bring them into the Gunners. However, the problem for the Gunners is the contract situation of Bukayo Saka. The contract of the England winger is going to expire in the 2024 summer transfer window.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has also confirmed that they are in positive negotiations with the agent of the winger. However, both parties have not come to a full agreement. The agents of Saka want a big pay rise for their clients. He is currently only on 35,000 pounds per week. It is less than Mohammed Elneny. Hence, it is clear that Bukayo Saka needs to be rewarded for his brilliant performance. Therefore, the agents want him to be one of the highest-paid players at the club.
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The report also confirms that Manchester City wants Bukayo Saka to replace Riyad Mahrez. However, they are likely going to keep the Algerian player at the club until the end of the season. This is irrespective of the potential signing of Bukayo Saka. Hence, it is clear that Pep Guardiola is already looking at players for the future. He has just signed a contract extension with the Premier League giants. He has also made it clear that he will honor his full contract with Manchester City.
Hence, it is clear that the City owners are going to back him in the transfer window. This will be a potentially big problem for the other rival clubs in Premier League and Europe. Hence, Arsenal have to make sure that they keep Saka and their other star players happy at the club. Therefore, the Gunners are also likely to focus on contract extensions in January. This includes potential contract extensions of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and William Saliba.
Hence, it is clear that Arsenal are hopeful of retaining their core players for long-term. They will also hope that their manager Mikel Arteta does not see himself as a potential Manchester City manager in future. At the moment, the club hopes to compete for trophies in all competitions including FA Cup, Premier League, and Europa League.
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