Bukayo Saka

Arsenal worried by Man City interest in Bukayo Saka

Graeme Bailey
Is talking new terms with Arsenal
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Arsenal are pushing Bukayo Saka to sign a new contract as they are increasingly worried by Manchester City’s pursuit of the England star, 90min understands.

The 21-year-old’s current deal is due to expire in 2024 and Arsenal have been locked in talks with Saka and his representatives for most of this year.

90min revealed in September that talks were ongoing with Saka, along with Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba, but as yet no deal has been agreed.

Saka has played a prominent role in Arsenal's resurgence under Mikel Arteta this season, but they realise he needs to be tied down to a long-term contract.

Now sources close to the situation have told 90min that City are pushing hard to convince Saka that his future will be better served in Manchester.

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City look set be in the market for another attacking midfield option, given Bernardo Silva’s desire to join Barcelona next summer. In theory, it could give Phil Foden that chance to play centrally, a position both he and Pep Guardiola have said will be his future role.

Indeed, following the Manchester derby win, Kevin De Bruyne stated his belief that Foden would end up in a central position.

“He can play in a lot of different positions. I think eventually he will end up playing centrally in my opinion but in this moment in time it is maybe a little bit better for him on the wing to have more freedom and fewer instructions so he flows into the game," said the Belgian.

“I eventually see him playing more centrally when he gets older and gets more stamina. It's all about little details to just find more consistency in the performances.”