Arsenal are growing increasingly confident in their negotiations to tie Bukayo Saka down to a new deal, but Borussia Dortmund have emerged as competitors for his signature.
The emergence of Saka has been one of the brighter spots of an otherwise disappointing season for Arsenal, with the youngster impressing down the left flank.
However, with the teenager’s contract due to expire next summer, Arsenal are already faced with a tough decision over his future, as they must convince him they are the right place for him to continue his development.
The likes of Liverpool and Manchester United have quickly been linked, with the two clubs eager to snap up the promising winger-turned-full-back.
But Football London correspondent James Benge provides some hope for Arsenal in their attempts to keep hold of him, revealing that the club believe Saka now wants to stay with them.
Negotiations have been active throughout this year, and it appears Arsenal have managed to convince their man – although that does not mean his future is sorted.
Benge reveals that Borussia Dortmund have now entered the race to sign him, with the lure of German football proving an attractive proposition for young English talent in recent years.
One player who made such a move was Jadon Sancho, who has flourished with Dortmund since leaving Manchester City in 2017 – leading to calls for him to return to the Premier League with a club like Liverpool.
Arsenal will be eager to avoid the same mistake City made in letting one of their brightest prospects leave so cheap before seeing his valuation skyrocket, but they will have to finalise his new deal sooner rather than later.