ALMOST DONE: Arsenal make huge offer to “world-class” player worth close to £200,000 per week
Arsenal have reportedly offered star player Bukayo Saka a new contract worth around £200,000 a week to help keep him at the Emirates.
There is plenty to admire about Arsenal this season as they hunt their first domestic title since 2004.
But few players have caught the eye more than Saka, who has become one of Arsenal’s and England’s brightest prospects.
The 21-year-old has lit up the Premier League this season, managing nine goals and eight assists in 23 appearances.
Most recently, he scored in his side’s dramatic 4-2 win over Aston Villa to help the Gunners reclaim top spot in the league.
However, as the excitement around him continues to grow, Arsenal must fend off competition from Europe’s elite if they are to keep him at the club.
Saka is under contract at the Emirates until 2024 after the club triggered a clause in his deal to keep him at the club for an additional year.
But the Gunners are hoping to tie him down to a long-term contract as they look to hang onto one of their most prized assets amid interest from Manchester City.
Arsenal offer Saka ‘200,000 a week’ deal
The Daily Mail reported that Arsenal had offered Saka a deal close to £200,000 a week in October, although the offer is yet to be signed.
It is a particularly eye-watering figure when considering his age.
However, Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw believes the winger is already “world-class”.
Speaking to Viaplay Football, Shaw reflected on the Red Devils’ 3-2 defeat to the Gunners in January, discussing what it was like to play up against the in-form Saka.
“I know him, I know how good he is. He’s an unbelievable player and still extremely young,” Shaw said.
“He has a long, long way to go. But for me, at this moment in time, he’s world-class and if he can continue to be delivering week-in week out then he can reach the top.
“The goal in the second half, he cut inside and I couldn’t get over to him and he got past Christian and it was a great strike.”
Who else is out of contract at the Emirates?
In addition to Saka, Arsenal will be hoping to extend 21-year-old William Saliba’s contract at the club.
After activating the option to extend the defender’s contract until 2024, they will be hoping to tie him down to a new deal with Paris-Saint Germain thought to be sniffing around.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli, also 21, recently signed a new contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2027.
The Brazilian is thought to be earning around £180,000 a week.
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