Bukayo Saka has once again been linked with a move to Manchester City but there is uncertainty surrounding the authenticity of those reports.
THE LOWDOWN: KEY MAN SAKA
Arsenal are enjoying one hell of a ride this season. No one gave the Gunners any chance of doing anything beyond attempting to finish in the top four, but the north London side are confounding their doubters.
Arsenal are at the forefront of the challenge for the title as they sit top of the table, ahead of defending champions Manchester City.
The Gunners have only lost one game – a sinister 3-1 loss to Manchester United, yet the confidence is high in their ranks. They have won games they ordinarily would have lost, which has caused many to take notice of the side Mikel Arteta is building.
The rising profile of a once great side means their players are also hugging the limelight. A few Arsenal players that have shone this season include the likes Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, William Saliba and Bukayo Saka to mention a few. The latter has attracted the attention of several top clubs, and rumours are rife that the Nigerian-born English player could soon turn out for the Citizens.
THE LATEST: SAKA TO CITY?
Bukayo Saka is setting the Premier League alight and has established himself as one of the top youngsters in the top flight. The 21-year-old is one of the leaders of a new Arsenal punching above their weight and looking to do what the club has failed to do in recent years.
Premier League champions Manchester City are among the sides interested in landing the winger. With Raheem Sterling off to Chelsea over the summer and Jack Grealish not carrying his weight in gold, Saka is seen as an ideal replacement for Sterling. Arsenal walk a tightrope as Saka has a contract that expires in 2024.
Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has urged Saka to snub any advances from Manchester City but join Liverpool while Steve McManaman believes that it would be difficult even for a club like City to convince Arsenal to sell.
“I don’t know if Manchester City will be able to sign Bukayo Saka,” McManaman told horseracing.net.
“The relationship between the two clubs seems strong due to the fact that Manchester City let Arsenal sign Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus.”
“He’s a young and very talented English player. I’d be very surprised if they could get him to be honest.”
“He’s an excellent player and he’s got experience in the Premier League so he could probably fit in their team right away.”
“If Manchester City lose Bernando Silva next summer, then that’d be a big blow but I think Pep Guardiola would let him go if he really wanted to leave because of his services for the club.”
THE VERDICT: NO THANKS
It will take something phenomenal to convince Arsenal to sell Bukayo Saka, who still has his best years ahead of him. Recent reports suggest that there is a positive sense that the academy graduate will pen a new deal soon enough.
Arsenal have made several mistakes of selling top players to rival sides in the past and you can imagine that the stance on Saka will simply be – not for sale.