Fabrizio Romano has poured more cold water over the chances of Liverpool signing Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka, with the England star set to remain in north London.
Taking to Twitter, the Italian journalist double-confirmed rumours that the 21-year-old is to sign a new long-term contract with Arsenal following on from an incredible season in the Premier League, with Saka this first player to hit double digits in goals and assists this campaign.
Arsenal star Bukayo Saka will sign his new contract very soon, no changes in the plan as verbal agreement is in place since February. ⚪️🔴 #AFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 28, 2023
Three clubs [two from England and one from abroad] were monitoring Saka’s contract situation since long time but no way: he’s staying. pic.twitter.com/EOe9GQZoYB
As a result, Arsenal have now worked around the clock to secure Saka’s signature for the long term, and the Premier League leaders have managed just that, with Liverpool standing no chance of signing the England international despite their interest over the years.
The Times reported that the Anfield side were keen on signing Saka, though with the attacker now set to stay in north London, Liverpool’s hopes of landing one of Europe’s best wingers is now truly over, with Manchester City another club who were chasing the Arsenal man.
Saka staying Arsenal should be no real surprise for Liverpool
There was once a time when the Gunners looked like a true fallen giant, when Mikel Arteta was struggling to buy a win as Saka did all he could to drag the north London side away from mediocrity, a period that likely originated Liverpool’s interest in the attacker.
However, fast-forward to now, and it’s hard to imagine Saka playing for another club, with the winger one of the best players in the Premier League this season and one of the main reasons behind Arsenal’s unpredicted title charge this campaign.
Indeed, Saka’s 12 goals and ten assists puts the 21-year-old in firm contention for the PFA Player of the Year award, and whilst Liverpool might have had a chance a few years ago to sign the Arsenal phenom, that opportunity is now well and truly gone for the Merseyside giants.