Speaking to Caught Offside this week, Fabrizio Romano reports that Arsenal have talks planned with Bukayo Saka over his future, and that the events of the last month haven’t changed anything yet.
“Arsenal have a meeting scheduled with Bukayo Saka’s agent at the end of the current season,” Romano said.
“At the moment there are no changes related to the situation for the UCL spot race: Saka is in love with Arsenal but obviously the negotiations are still [in the] early stages.
“As of today, Saka is not yet negotiating with other clubs.”
Saka was recently nominated for the Premier League’s Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season awards, and he’s expected to receive a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award as well.
With two years left on his contract, Saka’s strong campaign has turned up the intensity on the desire of the fans to see him extend his deal.
Earlier this year, the tabloids reported that Saka currently earns a basic wage of £30,000-a-week at Arsenal, and the club are willing to quadruple that figure to £125,000 to tie him down long-term.
David Ornstein wrote for The Athletic that Arsenal had held an initial conversation over the possibility of an improved deal for Saka.
Football.London also confirmed that Arsenal would look to reward Saka’s progress by offering him an extension.
But at that point, reports suggested the success of talks would depend on both the finances offered and whether Arsenal could get back into the Champions League – which it seems they’ve been unable to do.
The good news is that Romano’s latest update doesn’t suggest that’s already had a pivotal impact on Saka’s potential extension.
We just don’t know how the lack of a top-four finish will affect things when negotiations get underway in earnest.