Bukayo Saka latest: Liverpool transfer talked up as major reason for quitting Arsenal emerges

Bukayo Saka enters the pitch in the second half v Orlando City at Exploria Stadium in a Friendly Match

Liverpool will reportedly continue to keep a close eye on Bukayo Saka and could yet launch a raid to prise the winger away from Arsenal, according to one observer.

The Reds’ forward line will have a very new look this upcoming season. With Sadio Mane departing for Bayern Munich, the long-serving Roberto Firmino can now no longer consider himself first choice. Indeed, reports on Sunday even suggest he could be sold off with a Juventus move a strong possibility.

In fact, only one of their once much-vaunted trio, Mohamed Salah, can now still consider himself a regular.

Indeed, the Reds have spent huge sums this year alone to freshen up their attack. Liverpool spent close to £50m, with bonuses, to sign Luis Diaz in January. The Colombian, though, made an instant impact at Anfield, scoring six times and adding four assists in 21 appearances.

But the biggest deal was still to come with Darwin Nunez signing in a club-record £85m deal. After a missing a sitter on debut, he exploded into life with a four-goal salvo to destroy RB Leipzig in a friendly.

That means the Reds’ attack is probably settled for now, and with Diogo Jota and Kaide Gordon in reserve, they do have options.

However, Arsenal star Saka has also long been a player of interest to the Reds.

He has become a regular for club and country in recent times. Still only 20, he scored 11 times and added seven assists for Arsenal in 2021/22.

The winger’s deal expires in two years and talks over an extension have been ongoing for some time.

Indeed, Saturday’s Transfer Gossip claims they have put an offer on the table to double his current £70,000 a week deal.

Liverpool remain keen on Bukayo Saka

His situation, however, continues to attract attension from Saka.

For now, he appears settled at Emirates Stadium and in no hurry to depart.

However, pundit Paddy Kenny claims he may well push for a move away next summer if Arsenal fail to secure Champions League football.

Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny can well see the Gunners facing a fight to keep Saka from Liverpool if they finish fifth or below.

“I think Arsenal will be going for fourth this season,” Kenny said.

“I like who they have added, Jesus and Zinchenko. [Despite that], I just think he isn’t in a major rush to sign.

“If Arsenal didn’t get into the Champions League this season I wouldn’t be surprised if he is looking for a move.

Manchester City watching Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka

Manchester City are planning a move for Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka this summer

“He would be looking for a move to a regular Champions League team like Liverpool or Man City, even Chelsea.

“It would have to be someone who is more or less guaranteed Champions League football. It is a tough one because he still has years left on his deal and whoever comes in will have to pay top dollar.

“He will definitely want to get out if they don’t get into the Champions League, that’s what the club will promise him.”

Arsenal rate Sala in the £70m barrier, with Manchester City also reportedly keeping tabs on his situation.

Meanwhile, Thiago has named the two young top Reds talents he enjoyed watching in that recent 5-0 trouncing of Leipzig.