Liverpool may hold the ultimate advantage in any battle to sign Arsenal left-back Bukayo Saka – if reports are correct.
The Mirror said this week that Liverpool monitoring Saka. The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this season, playing regular Premier League games and impressing at full-back.
And with his contract up in 18 months, teams are circling. There’s Liverpool and of course, Arsenal, who hope to tie him down long term. Then Manchester United and Bayern Munich hope to lure him away.
But an interesting report in The Times may suggest Liverpool hold the key to a deal. They say that Saka, who is currently on just £3k-a-week, wants to test himself against the very best.
He’s found that playing against top European clubs improves him – but that may be difficult at Arsenal. The Gunners have virtually no chance of Champions League football next season and will struggle for even Europa League.
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United, too, only have an outside chance of competing in UEFA’s premier competition. And so Liverpool, who have already qualified for next year’s edition, may be in the best place.
They can guarantee games against top players and look set to do so for a long time to come. You can’t say the same about the other two.
There is Bayern, of course. But Bayern do already have a teenage left-back in Alphonso Davies. He looks set to hold that position down, leaving no room at Bayern unless they return Saka to being a winger.
But there’s a role at Liverpool as Andy Robertson’s understudy. Saka is the right age to take over when the Scot eventually winds down and Liverpool may entice him with that.
So if there is going to be a battle for Saka, Liverpool may be in pole position.