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Arsenal are ready to seriously push the boat out to keep Bukayo Saka at Emirates Stadium by offering him an unprecedented salary hike – but TEAMtalk is able to reveal why a potential move to Manchester City remains a worrying possibility.

The winger has been in superb form for the Gunners this season. A huge part of the Arsenal side that are top of the Premier League table, Saka has five goals and six assists from 20 appearances so far this season.

That form was rewarded with a place in England’s World Cup squad, with Saka proving one of the Three Lions’ stand-out performers. Indeed, he scored three times in four appearances as England bowed out at the quarter-final stage.

Still only 21, Saka is a prized asset for both club and country and comfortably takes his place in this brilliant Arsenal XI of players aged 23 or under.

However, there remains some doubt that he will remain at Arsenal for that much longer.

As it stands, Saka’s contract at Emirates Stadium is due to expire in summer 2024. Currently earning just £30,000 a week, the deal that Saka signed back in July 2019 makes him one of the star’s lowest-paid players.

Arsenal, though, fully understand his value to the club and have been in talks over an extension for more than a year.

They are reportedly offering a deal worth over seven times his current earnings  – at around £200,000 a week.

But with nothing yet agreed, the player is reportedly drawing admiring glances from elsewhere. To that end, Liverpool are among those tipped to lure him away from Emirates.

Arsenal ready to make Bukayo Saka their joint top earner

However, TEAMtalk’s transfer expert Graeme Bailey claims the delay in reaching an agreement is starting to worry Arsenal.

But rather than Liverpool looking at pouncing for Saka, the greatest threat to Arsenal actually comes from Manchester City.

And Bailey also claims that Arsenal are ready to make an improved offer to Saka. That would give Saka parity with their current top earner Gabriel Jesus, who earns a reported £260,000 a week.

“Arsenal are anxious to get their stars signed up,” Bailey said. “And, at the moment, the main ones they want to get done are William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli. But perhaps most pressing of all is Bukayo Saka, their homegrown superstar.

“Saka and his people have been in talks for more than 12 months with Arsenal, but as yet there is no breakthrough despite lengthy negotiations.

“And that has not gone unnoticed elsewhere. I am told that Man City would love the chance to land him and this is something they are pursuing.

“If Saka does not sign then he could very well end up at City… But Arsenal are doing everything they can to keep him. And we understand that includes offering to make him the highest-paid player at the club. That is a big deal for any homegrown player and talks are continuing.”

Arsenal will continue to bide their time over Saka as they look to reach an agreement. And while they have no desire to sell, the situation may change come the summer if an agreement is not reached.

That said, Arsenal will hope common ground can soon be struck. And any new deal at Emirates Stadium will firmly shut the door on City’s transfer wish.

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