BUKAYO SAKA is poised to sign a new long-term deal with Arsenal this week as Mikel Arteta convinces the 18-year-old to stay at the Emirates.
The Gunners boss was all too aware of the growing interest in the London-born 18-year-old who he regards as key to his future plans.
According to The Athletic, the Gunners have hashed out a long-term deal with Saka that will see that the teenager’s future remain at the Emirates.
ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners news
The club is expected to make an announcement this week which will come as a major boost to Arteta as wantaway skipper Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang nears the exit door.
Highly-rated winger Saka had turned the heads of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea who were reportedly willing to offer him way more than the £7,000-a-week which he currently earns.
The England Under-19 international’s current £3,000-per-week deal is set to expire in the summer of 2021.
Arsenal have limped to just one League win following the Premier League’s restart but the versatile teenager has been the break-out star of what has been an otherwise miserable season for the Gunners.
He proved to be his team’s best performer as Arsenal laboured to break down a struggling Brighton side and has shown versatility in fitting into a different position in all four games since the restart.
Arteta revealed he was confident that the Hale academy graduate would commit his future to the Emirates ahead of Arsenal’s win over Southampton.
He said: “I am very positive that everything is going to be done with Bukayo very shortly.
“The communications between the club, the agents and the family have been going on for months and are very fluent.
“But the player knows how much trust I have in him and every week he is showing his consistency level is getting better and better.
“I am so excited by the young players we have. They just need the right environment around them to explode.
“But Bukayo is already doing that despite our difficult circumstances, which is even more merit for him.”
The club has also confirmed that David Luiz, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have agreed contracts to stay at the Emirates, while Dani Ceballos will remain on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.
most read in football
KICKED INTO TOUCH
Redknapp and Evra ditch BLM badges after movement's extreme statements
ROY AZER BIG OFFER
Man Utd icon Roy Keane in talks to become new manager of Azerbaijan
Matt Le Tissier WILL keep wearing BLM badge on TV after 'far-left' criticism
SUITS BLUE, SIR
Chelsea to wear new 2020-21'Savile Row' kit against West Ham tonight
Fans fume over Bruno Fernandes' controversial goal for Man Utd against Brighton
Fernandes and Greenwood steal show in Brighton hammering but Rashford off pace
Luiz has agreed a one-year extension while Mari and Cedric will sign permanent four-years deals when their current loan agreements expire.
Technical director Edu said: “I am really happy that we will have these players in our squad for the future.
“They have been part of the long-term technical plan Mikel and I have developed. They bring the right balance to our squad.”