18-year-old attacker refused to sign long-term contract with Arsenal

London club could lose starlet Bukayo Saka if they fail to secure European football for next campaign, according to reports. U19 England international is yet to sign a new deal with the London club, with his current contract due to expire in only 18 months. Liverpool and Man United are interested in signing him, and there will be a battle.

Bukayo is still on the £3000-a-week agreement he made with the London club when signing his first professional deal in September 2018. The Times are reporting that talks for a new contract are stuttering with Mikel Arteta’s side facing the prospect of a year out of European competition.

Promising forward Saka wants to carry on his rapid rate of development by continuing to play with Europe’s biggest clubs. The London club sits in 10th place in the Premier League table with 13 league matches to go, four points away from Man United who occupies the final Europa League spot.

The north London giants are even further from Champions League qualification, seven points adrift from fourth-placed side Chelsea. However, due to Man City’s two-year European ban, the team that finishes fifth may gain a route into Europe’s elite tournament. Saka has vast potential and can become a top-class winger in the future.

The 18-year-old winger is reportedly attracting interest from rivals Man United and Liverpool due to his impressive form for the London club this campaign. The English forward has more assists than any other Premier League youngster, amid playing out of position at left-back.