Manchester City are not involved in any transfer race for Bukayo Saka, according to reports. Liverpool may have a free run at the player.
The Daily Mail claimed this week that Manchester City hoped to beat Liverpool in the transfer race for Bukayo Saka. The Arsenal man is entering the final two years of his contract and is yet to sign a new one – that opens the door for a sale.
However, the Manchester Evening News are absolutely adamant that City will not move for Saka. They don’t intend to this summer, nor in 2023.
It should be said that Saka’s contract is a little complicated, though. His deal technically expires next year and will only reach 2024 if Arsenal trigger an extension option. Now, they’ll almost certainly do that rather than lose their player for free but it would also mean keeping Saka at the club on around £35k-per-week against his wishes.
That’s a tiny figure for someone considered to be Arsenal’s best player by many.
Bukayo Saka transfer race
This is hardly the first time Liverpool have been linked with Saka. ESPN wrote earlier in 2022 that they hoped to sign him – and it’s one that makes sense.
He’s a wonderfully versatile player who would perfectly slot into Liverpool’s squad. Saka is still so young, too, and has enormous potential. We can only imagine the player Jurgen Klopp and co. could turn him into. The Liverpool boss has already labelled him ‘young and exciting’ in the past, after all.
But there’s still a long way to go. Saka could well sign a new deal with Arsenal where he’s destined to be their star player. It all depends on how and where he sees his career – and whether he’s feeling impatient.
Liverpool, of course, can offer regular Champions League football and a fantastic spotlight. Arsenal simply can’t right now and if Saka wants that ASAP, we can’t imagine he re-signs with the Gunners this summer.
Such a decision could force a sale as 2023 would, at the very least, see Saka’s value plummet in the final year of his contract. This is one to watch for Liverpool, then.