Man Utd, Liverpool Eye Arsenal Starlet Bukayo Saka Amid Contract Talks

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    Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly interested in pricing Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka away from the Emirates amid contract talks between the club and player.

    Apart from the Premier League rivals, the British-Nigerian has also caught the attention of German giants Bayern Munich with his impressive displays this season. The academy graduate entered the limelight last season under former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, appearing four times, scoring three goals and making five assists.

    Saka has also made 23 appearances both in Europa and domestic cup campaigns under former interim manager Freddie Ljungberg and new manager Mikel Arteta. The 18-year-old has shown that his versatile and can adapt to any position he is asked to play. He has played in his preferred left-wing role and also impressed as a left-back while covering for Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney, who are both out with injuries.

    According to The Mail, the 18-year-old has entered the last 18 months of his current Arsenal deal worth around £3,000-per-week and the club is set to discuss a new deal with him with will see the starlet gets a wage rise in a bid to wade off interest from other clubs. The Gunners will, however, hope that Saka commits his future to the club.

    The England under-19 international broke a club record last September by becoming the youngest player to play for Arsenal in Premier League history when he featured against Manchester United just 25 days after his 18th birthday.

    Liverpool legend Michael Owen has compared the Arsenal youngster to Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo because of his skills and ability to dribble.

    Owen disclosed this after Saka made his debut against Qarabag: “Some of the skill… I watched Cristiano Ronaldo doing this the other day for Juventus.

    “He’s just different class and by the end of the game his confidence was oozing.”

    Also speaking about Saka’s talent, Ljungberg said the winger has the capacity to be one of the best players in the Premier League. He also praised the youngster for always when working with Saka at London Colney.

    He said: “He’s just going to get better and better, keep his head down and keep working.”

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