Liverpool have identified Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka as a target for future transfer windows.
That’s according to The Daily Mail, who claim that Liverpool have ‘earmarked’ the 20-year-old as a future target. They’ll reportedly face competition for Saka from Manchester City, who are also keen to prise him away from North London.
City are said to be a little more serious about a move currently. They’re now reportedly showing ‘increased interest’ as Saka approaches a ‘critical point’ in contract negotiations.
However, a move for either Liverpool or City is deemed ‘unlikely’ this summer. With two years still to run on his Arsenal deal, Saka would be too costly as both teams concentrate on recruiting in key positions.
But with Arsenal once again failing to make the Champions League, Saka’s long-term future could be in doubt.
The England star currently has two years remaining on his deal. As contract negotiations stall, both Liverpool and City will reportedly be ‘closely monitoring’ developments for a potential move next summer.
Crunch time for Saka at Arsenal
Saka has been mentioned relatively frequently as a potential target for Liverpool.
Interestingly, whether or not he signed a new contract was previously claimed to be dependent on Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League.
At one stage of the season, that looked a virtual certainty. But Mikel Arteta’s side failed to see out their position of strength and finished the campaign in fifth.
Heading into the last two years of his deal, it now looks likely that Saka will hold off on renewing. Should Arsenal make the top four next season, that may change of course.
But for now, his future at the Emirates looks precarious. If there’s any chance he could be on the move, Liverpool should be at the front of the queue. He’s perfect for them.
Saka is versatile, vastly experienced for his age and has pretty amazing potential. Jurgen Klopp is obviously a fan as well, having been seen hugging the youngster at full-time of Arsenal’s visit to Anfield in January.
It’s crunch time for the young winger. The next 12 months will be vital in whether he decides to move on. One to keep an eye on from a Liverpool perspective.