Fabrizio Romano reveals truth on two huge Arsenal deals, as Chelsea, PSG claims are laid bare
Arsenal are “optimistic” they’ll get the result they want on two important deals according to Fabrizio Romano, who also shed light on claims Chelsea and PSG are scheming.
The Gunners have begun the campaign in fine fashion, winning nine of their opening 10 league matches. Success stories are dotted all across the pitch, but Arsenal have work to do to ensure what they’re building isn’t broken up.
Indeed, Arsenal hope to tie several increasingly important starters down to new deals.
William Saliba, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are three such players whose futures are coming into focus.
The trio’s respective deals all expire in the summer of 2024. Arsenal have one-year options that can be triggered in Saliba and Martinelli’s contracts.
However, the threesome are all guaranteed starters and the club wish to reward their fantastic progress with longer term and more lucrative extensions. Doing so would help to ward off the growing interest in the trio.
PSG have been linked with Saliba. The connection of a French centre-half playing for France’s biggest club is an obvious one.
CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs recently claimed that of the three aforementioned players, Saliba is the likeliest to leave.
Saka, meanwhile, has been mentioned as a target of ambitious Chelsea part-owner, Todd Boehly.
Jacobs again had the goods in that regard, claiming Boehly is interested, though faces an uphill struggle to convince Saka to leave his boyhood club.
Fabrizio Romano on Saliba, Saka futures
Now, via Caught Offside, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has weighed in.
Romano described Arsenal as “optimistic” both Saliba and Saka will commit their futures to the club.
“Arsenal are optimistic about the contract situation of both William Saliba and Bukayo Saka,” said Romano.
“Saka and Saliba have become two key players for Arsenal, particularly this season.”
The trusted journalist then shed light on how advanced – or not as the case may be – any potential exits are.
Jacobs described interest in Saliba as “concrete”. However, Romano used that same term when insisting that statement is wide of the mark.
Thankfully for Arsenal fans, rival clubs’ interest in their star men is only in its infancy at present.
“I’m told there’s nothing concrete with any other clubs as of now,” concluded Romano.
Why would anyone leave Arsenal right now?
Despite a few bumps in the road, Arsenal are now trending firmly in the right direction under Mikel Arteta.
Last season’s late collapse that allowed Tottenham to snatch fourth spot was a massive disappointment.
However, the encouraging thing from an Arsenal perspective is it clearly has not affected the players.
They’ve started the new campaign like a house on fire and even if they crumbled after Christmas – as one pundit predicts – they’d still be a shoo-in for top four.
With Champions League football likely to be secured and the club seemingly willing to pay big wages to keep Saka and co. there’s never been a better time to play for Arsenal since the mid-2000s.
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