TWO TOP EUROPEAN TEAMS FIGHT TO SIGN BUKAYO SAKA

The three Lions of England player Bukayo Saka has become an instrumental player for Mikel Arteta – having made five Premier League appearances and four starts so far this term. The 20-year-old also played a fundamental role in helping England reach the Euro 2020 final this summer.

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As a result, Arsenal will be reluctant to let their rising star leave the club this season and will therefore attach a hefty price tag to his name to deter any potential suitors.

According to CalcioMercato, Juventus are keeping tabs on the Arsenal winger. However, they will face stiff competition from Atletico Madrid – who are also interested in Saka’s services.

Arsenal – who are fully aware of the growing interest in their youngster – will not let Saka leave the club for any less than £43million, according to reports.

This is because he has established himself as one of the Gunners’ stars players since Arteta took over at the Emirates in December 2019.

SAKA STILL HAS A FOUR YEAR CONTRACT WITH ARSENAL

Saka – who signed a new four-year contract in July last year- also forced himself into Gareth Southgate’s thinking for Euro 2020 after an excellent season with Arsenal.

The 20-year-old scored seven goals and registered 10 assists for the Gunners. Following that, he went on to become one of the stars of the European Championship this summer.

However, he later received hateful racist messages after he, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford did not score from the spot in a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat against Italy in the final.

Saka has since returned to the Premier League – playing the full 90 minutes in their 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

Arteta said he felt like Saka was struggling in the final minutes of the game and admitted there were areas of his game that he would like him to improve on.

‘Well, he hasn’t had a lot of preparation physically,’ said the Gunners boss. ‘I think there are still things to improve there, but he is trying hard. He is another one who struggled in the final minutes.

‘But it’s great that he’s able to suffer and somehow come through that and manage these difficulties and adversities during games where it is not really going for him.

‘That is part of football. He had parts where he was brilliant and then he struggled and then he was brilliant again.

‘That is better than being brilliant and then to struggle, struggle and struggle. So it’s part of his development and I’m really happy with him.’

Arsenal returns to action against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

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